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Mucus Plug


As the third trimester weeks crawl by – and they do crawl by don’t they! – many pregnant women look for any sign that labor is impending.  One of these signs is the loss of the mucus plug.  Yes, losing your mucus plug is a sign that labor is likely coming soon!

What Is A Mucus Plug?

The mucus plug is exactly what it sounds like. It is a concentration of mucus that is deposited in the opening of the cervix to block germs and bacteria from entering the uterus.

During pregnancy, the mucus is clear and would look much like a normal vaginal discharge. However, as the cervix begins to efface and blood is released, there may be some blood deposited onto the mucus plug.  As your cervix dilates you will begin to lose the plug, either in bits of stringy, blood tinted mucus over a period of time, or all at once. This can happen up to two weeks before labor actually begins.

The loss of the mucus plug should not be confused with a woman’s bloody show which occurs during labor as a woman begins bleeding prior to delivery. The bloody show will be obviously different than the mucus plug as it is mostly blood and very little or no mucus.

Should I Call My Doctor?

Generally there is no need to call your doctor or midwife when you lose your mucus plug, assuming it is clear or has a little blood showing. Of course, if you feel any concern or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact them.  It’s what they are there for! You can also mention it to your provider at your next visit. You should definitely contact your provider if the mucus becomes extremely bloody or you continue to experience discharge. It could be a sign that labor has started, or it could also possibly be a sign of a complication like placenta previa or of a placental abruption.

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108 Responses to “Mucus Plug”

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    mommy of 2 Says:

    Iñ 34 weeks & i have had this light clear & thick white stuff come out idk if my mucus plug came out it actually smell too

  2. 107
    moni Says:

    I am 34 weeks and I have been have this stringy clear stuff coming out when I wipe myself. I’m having lower abdominal pains they come back and forth. I’m a first time mom so this is scary for me. So I call my doctor or go to the er if pains get worse?

  3. 106
    Rachel s Says:

    I’m 36weeks and 3 days I have been having pains n when I wipe for the last three days I have had mucus coming out but it’s a lite clear. Color n it like I started have pressure on my stomach lower part of stomach n it goes to my back n leave me crying

  4. 105
    Shan Says:

    i am 24 weeks pregnant i have lost my mucus plug, it is a yellowish colour with no blood, i have no cramps and i feel
    fine. Do you think i need to worry? should i call my Dr?

  5. 104
    cherry Says:

    I am 32weeks prego and Im experiencing slimy clear discharge no bloody show and back pain for the past two weeks please help

  6. 103
    Michelle Says:

    i’m 30 weeks but when i was 29 weeks pregnant i whent into the er because i was in premature labor and i was 1cm dialated and i as there for 8 hours well i went home and later that night i lost my mucus plug it had a blody tenge to it

  7. 102
    alexis Says:

    ummmm i think you need to gback to the hospital and stay thats not safe and you might be going into labor and having permies soo stay strong

  8. 101
    cass Says:

    im 23 wks and 4 days pregnant with twins. lost mucus plug last week and been getting pains, went to hospital but they said everything is fine. then today i get brown discharge and back pains and cramping pains in my adominal area. is this a sign im going into early labour or not?

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