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mucous plug? TMI

Posted by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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Ok I'm 8 months pregnant with my 3rd child but Ive never been in labor or had any of the things that come before it except when my water broke with my first.  Anyway I when to the bathroom and when I wiped there was this mucous looking glob.  Is this or could it be my mucous plug?  And if it is how long will it be before I go into labor?

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briansmommy7143
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

It very well could be y our mucus plug, or a piece of it, it can be green, yellow, or clear and if that is the case it just regenerates itself, but if it is blood streaked, it could be hours to weeks... helpful huh? lol

 

_Jill_
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

sometimes they can regenerate...so just keep checking for bleeding or cramping..otherwise I'd try to lay low for a few days. I wouldn't worry though. It's not necessarily a sign of labor, but a sign that it's close...

Here's some info for you:

Losing Your Mucous Plug

What is the mucous plug?

The mucous plug is a collection of cervical mucus that seals the opening of the cervix. It keeps bacteria and infection from entering into the cervix, providing a protective barrier for the developing baby.

What does the mucous plug look like?

Some women describe the mucous plug as looking more like the mucous in your nose. It may look like a thick glob of stringy mucous, thicker than what you would see with normal vaginal secretions. If you are close to going into labor you may see pink, brown, or red blood around the edges of the mucous plug. This is called the “bloody show”.

When do you lose your mucous plug?

Some women will lose their mucous plug or part of their mucous plug weeks before they go into labor. Losing your mucous plug does not always mean labor will begin shortly. Keep in mind that even if a woman has begun to dilate, it may be weeks before she actually goes into labor.

However, if you notice blood tinged mucous before your thirty-sixth week of pregnancy, notify your doctor right away.

As your body prepares for labor your cervix will begin to dilate and thin. As your cervix opens up, your mucous plug may fall out. Losing your mucous plug is a good sign that labor is on its way. Though, it could be days or even weeks after you lose your mucous plug before labor actually starts. Many women do not lose their mucous plug at one time; instead, they lose it more gradually. They may notice an increase in vaginal secretions weeks before they go into labor.

Should I call my doctor if I lose my mucous plug?

If you are full term and have lost your mucous plug, there is usually no need to call your doctor. You may lose your mucous plug weeks before labor starts. If you notice regular, timeable contractions after losing your mucous plug, follow your doctor’s protocol for proceeding to Labor and Delivery. If you have a history of preterm labor and you suspect you have lost your mucous plug, call your doctor right away. If you notice blood tinged mucous and are earlier than thirty-six weeks call your doctor immediately. Moreover, you should also call your doctor if you have sudden bright red bleeding. Bleeding can be a sign of placenta previa or placental abruption.

hailnbray
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

it prolly is ur plug. i lost mine a good 3 weeks before i went to labor with my daughter. didnt lose it at all with my son. it really is a give or take issues.  

My daughter has autism but she can laugh, cry, and love just like yours. she may never dress herself but she can go to college and become a dr.  she may never make friends her own age but shes my friend for life. and please if u ever get the chance to meet my daughter, stop looking at her like shes a brat, she cant help her stairs or attitudes u can help urs. get to close u might get bit but it wont give u autism. do yourself a favor look it up. 


 

NavyWifey122305
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:59 PM

It could be your mucus plug or part of it. Doesnt mean your going in to labor soon they can grow back.

devlinCEO
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

thanks that was very helpful

Quoting _Jill_:

sometimes they can regenerate...so just keep checking for bleeding or cramping..otherwise I'd try to lay low for a few days. I wouldn't worry though. It's not necessarily a sign of labor, but a sign that it's close...

Here's some info for you:

Losing Your Mucous Plug

What is the mucous plug?

The mucous plug is a collection of cervical mucus that seals the opening of the cervix. It keeps bacteria and infection from entering into the cervix, providing a protective barrier for the developing baby.

What does the mucous plug look like?

Some women describe the mucous plug as looking more like the mucous in your nose. It may look like a thick glob of stringy mucous, thicker than what you would see with normal vaginal secretions. If you are close to going into labor you may see pink, brown, or red blood around the edges of the mucous plug. This is called the “bloody show”.

When do you lose your mucous plug?

Some women will lose their mucous plug or part of their mucous plug weeks before they go into labor. Losing your mucous plug does not always mean labor will begin shortly. Keep in mind that even if a woman has begun to dilate, it may be weeks before she actually goes into labor.

However, if you notice blood tinged mucous before your thirty-sixth week of pregnancy, notify your doctor right away.

As your body prepares for labor your cervix will begin to dilate and thin. As your cervix opens up, your mucous plug may fall out. Losing your mucous plug is a good sign that labor is on its way. Though, it could be days or even weeks after you lose your mucous plug before labor actually starts. Many women do not lose their mucous plug at one time; instead, they lose it more gradually. They may notice an increase in vaginal secretions weeks before they go into labor.

Should I call my doctor if I lose my mucous plug?

If you are full term and have lost your mucous plug, there is usually no need to call your doctor. You may lose your mucous plug weeks before labor starts. If you notice regular, timeable contractions after losing your mucous plug, follow your doctor’s protocol for proceeding to Labor and Delivery. If you have a history of preterm labor and you suspect you have lost your mucous plug, call your doctor right away. If you notice blood tinged mucous and are earlier than thirty-six weeks call your doctor immediately. Moreover, you should also call your doctor if you have sudden bright red bleeding. Bleeding can be a sign of placenta previa or placental abruption.


devlinCEO
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I think my water broke.

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