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Mucus Plug

Mucus Plug



What does the mucus plug look like once it is expelled?

Mucus Plug
During pregnancy, secretions will accumulate and form a mucus plug at the opening of your cervix. The mucus plug helps to prevent infection from occuring in your uterus and developing baby. The mucus plug will remain at the top of the cervix until just before labor begins.

As labor begins, the cervix will begin to thin out and dilate. As this happens, your body may expel the mucus plug. Many women find a gooey blob on their underpants or toilet tissue after using the restroom. The mucus plug may be stringy mucus or a sticky discharge. The mucus plug may come out all at once or it may come out over a period of time, so you might not realize that you are losing it. Sometimes the mucus has brown, pink or red streaks of blood mixed within it. This is normal and should not be a cause for conern unless there is a significant amount of blood. There is not a set to lose the mucus plug. Some women may lose the plug early in their third trimester, towards the middle of the third trimester or immediately prior to labor starting.

While it is true that labor will begin after your mucus plug has come out, there is no set time for labor to actually begin. Sometimes labor begins within a few hours and sometimes it can take weeks. You can tell your doctor that you think your mucus plug has come out, but there is no reason to pack your bags up and rush to the maternity ward! Sit back, relax and get some rest until other signs of labor begin. However, if your discharge is bright red or is more than a few tablespoons, you should call your caregiver promptly.

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chumchum - 939 days ago.
I am 31 weeks and 1 day, i am pretty sure i lost all of my mucus plug this morning. There wasnt any blood in it. It was just white and chunky glob that fell out and down onto my foot after i came out of my shower. i;ve been having a bit of back cramping ever since. My doctor doesnt seemed too concerned though? Is what came out the mucus plug or something completely different?

mammaK - 1274 days ago.
I am 35 1/2 weeks pregnant and I had my OB Appt on Wed found out I am 1cm dialated. I have been having Braxton Hicks for weeks and on 1 occassion had a stinging pain in my vagina. My baby is in the head down position. I have been getting a lot of discharge off and on with alittle light green thickiness not sure what it is, but no infection.

roni1227 - 1333 days ago.
I haven't had any contractions or anything and but a little pressure and crampiness tonight. I just went to the bathroom and when I wipe there was some sliminess with a brownish yellow tint. I am 36.3 weeks and assuming it is mucus plug in pieces. I go to dr 2ce a week for fetal monitoring Thursday I might have him do an internal

BRANDYB1984 - 1437 days ago.
I lost my plug last night, it was almost the size of a half dollar, gross!!

AuntieMimi83 - 1485 days ago.
I am almost 38 Weeks pregnant and I think I'm losing my mucus plug slowly after reading other responses. I noticed it when I went to the restroom about an hour ago. As I wiped I noticed a clearish/yellow substance that looked a little like a gel. I'm assuming that since I've been dilating that it's the mucus plug.

valeryjaynexx - 1486 days ago.
I think my mucus plug came away but it was more of an orangy red colour? and ever since i been getting a crampy feeling and back ache...could this be a sign of labour? my waters havent broke so quite confuseddd. any advice would help thanksss xxx

mum 2 luv - 1510 days ago.
had my mucus plug come out this Am. iv been restless since then. cant sleep, i keep having some sort of contractions. i really want my baby out, but the uncertainty of when is killing me

kelley82879 - 1543 days ago.
really we are not here to learn how to spell right.....

RowansMommy2010 - 1544 days ago.
Wow, so this is definitely quite a find for me. I will be using this site from now on to get my answers from.. I'm a first-time mom, so I have absolutely no idea what's normal and what isn't. 30w+4d pregnant now with baby number 1. I'm also extremely paranoid about every little ache and pain, so needless to say (even though it wasn't painful) when I wiped after urinating, seeing a little bit of greenish/yellowish discharge kind of freaked me out.. Also 18 years old, so I'm a tad nervous that because of my age, something will go wrong.. Also, the picture is definitely a bit disturbing. I'm not looking forward to that ickiness popping out of me.. Yikes!

kathy=^.^= - 1547 days ago.
HappyMedium 'r u serious?' okay i didnt think i was gonna have a teacher try to tell me how i should use my words! im not even gonna go there with this! im way to hormonal... ugh....

HappyMedium - 1547 days ago.
I lost my mucus plug yesterday and have had AF cramps and major back ache ever since. Hope it continues!!! And just a little help for some of you. Losing is to have lost something..while loosing is not a word. Loose is when something isn't tight. Just a HUGE pet peeve that people don't know the difference.

mcmommyof3 - 1560 days ago.
I think if you're starting to dilate you can lose your plug but your body will replace it as long as the dilation doesn't continue. I had the gelatin clear like discharge a couple different times before I went into labor. *** You should be seen by your doc so they can see how far you've dilated.

kathy=^.^= - 1560 days ago.
im 26 weeks pregnant and i think i might be loosing my mucus plug well maybe pieces of it. this is my 3rd baby and i never noticed it before but my discharge is more like mucus then like thick white stuff. is this normal or am i loosing some of it or is this normal discharge?

love-a-belly - 1571 days ago.
pretty sure i started loosing my plug thismorning, two little yellow mucus blobs. so gross, i am also wondering if sex and baths are okay also.

KyMMie MuMMy - 1597 days ago.
I have been losing large clear or 'Milky' coloured globs for weeks and weeks. Lately it has increased but as there is no brown or eed or pink streaks I'm assuming this is not the mucus plug. Is there a set rule that the mucus plug is tinted with blood?

crynangeleyezzz - 1600 days ago.
Hello ladies, I am 38 weeks along with my 4th child, In my previous pregnancy I never noticed my mucus plug come out before. I do believe I had mine come out this morning. It was clear and snotty like a good amount of it too. My question is, is it safe to have sex after you loose your plug??

first-time-mom-19 - 1618 days ago.
i am currently 30weeks 4days pregnant all of my mucus plug has come out & im 2cm dilated. my DR has giving me the 2 shots of steriods to make sure my sons lungs are developed. i've been told that i can start labor in a week or two but other people are telling me it can happen in a couple of days. does anyone know which one is right. if i keep having contractions.

Logansmom419 - 1662 days ago.
thanks for the advice, as of right now there is no bleeding but i have been having constant menstrual like cramps since it happened

julz - 1662 days ago.
I lost my mucus plug very early with my last pregnancy...I did mention it to my doc who said that it will just replenish itself. So as long as your not having cramping or bleeding you should be fine. I actually lost mine I think twice before I had my bloody show. But I would call the doc let them know just so they are aware.

Logansmom419 - 1662 days ago.
hello... I am 21 weeks and 1 day and I think I lost my mucus plug the other day... it was a glob of what looked like snot ( sorry for tmi) but it had been happening every time I would go to the bathroom for like 2 days straight and now there is no discharge when I go... I am worried since I am only 5 months along should I call my doc or just wait until my next appt on april 16??

tripleb89 - 1679 days ago.
scottiedontsgirl you said as long as it isnt green then u should be fine. im 35 weeks tomorrow, an first pregnancy and have been losing my plug since about week 20 an it has always been green. should i be worried? i havent mentioned it to my doc as keep forgetting, an dnt have another appointment til 31st march. has this happened to any of you ladies?

scottiedontsgirl - 1699 days ago.
bugnjb-- It probably wasyour mucous plug, but don't worry too much because your plug can regenerate itself if you lose it too soon. As long as it wasn't bloody or green then you should be fine. I would still mention it to your Dr at your next appointment.

manda-may - 1699 days ago.
bugnjb check with your midwife. That does sound a bit like a mucus plug, but I think that you can also have some mucus discharge while pregnant without it being a big worry... it would pay to check with your midwife. I had a heavy mucus discharge for two days when I was 34 weeks pregnant and on the second day twigged that it could be my mucus plug. I rang my midwife but she wasn't too concerned. It was only later when I also developed other symptoms that she became interested... I got streaks of blood in it (my show) and other symptoms like contractions so it turned into labour. Please don't panic though, because I think that on its own a mucus discharge might not necessarily a problem, but I would definitely let you midwife know and be aware for any other symptoms. Good luck with your pregnancy!

bugnjb - 1700 days ago.
I'm only 22 weeks and I swear I just had what I could only think to be part of my mucous plug come out. I felt like wetness and wiped and it was clear gel/goopy/stringy like substance, pretty thing and like wouldn't break apart. Is this normal? Or what else could it be? I've never seen anything like this come from my body. This is my 2nd pregnancy but I never noticed any mucous plug with my daughter and ended up having a c-section at 38weeks so I wouldn't know for sure what to look for but from what other ladies have described I would say that was exactly what that was???

kaylab1 - 1710 days ago.
So thats the first pic I've ever seen of one...and its not pretty haha I'm pretty sure I've been losing mine in chunks and last night I had some streaky(blood) discharge. I'm thinking it was my plug but cant tell...Hope so!


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