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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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mommy of 2
2 years 9 days ago

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 years 2 months ago

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?

Rachel s
2 years 3 months ago

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

2 years 3 months ago

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?

2 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 11 days ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

4 years 3 months ago

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?

4 years 10 months ago

Hi Ladies, I am pregnant with my 5th baby and am due in 11 days. Just a piece of friendly advice, if you feel like you cant call your midwife with these problems you should find another midwife or doctor. Your midwife or doctor is use to any concerns you have especially if its your 1st. This is my 5th and I still have concerns and know I can call my midwife even if it may seem silly to me.

4 years 10 months ago
I’m 36 weeks and 3 days and I’m not sure if my mucus plug feel out or not I was wondering if it was visible by the doctors like can they see it on a sono.. this is my first and I’m dyin for my son to be born I haven’t really experienced much crampin does that mean he not ready I mean there lil pains here and there especially now but its nutin major like I’m thinkin it should be there is stringy yellowish kinda stuff comin out and I’m thinkin that it because I jus came from my… Read more »
4 years 10 months ago

I’m 35wks pregnant and I am having cramping and I also have an urge to push/ I’m really “wet” in that particular area I don’t have any red/pinkish discharge, could I still have lost my mucus plug? This is my first baby. should I call my Labor and Delivery Unit at The hospital?

5 years 2 months ago

hi i am 39 weeks on thursday and have been getting pains cramps n period like pains since last week i had y show 2 weeks ago and yesterday had allot of pinky discharge it was that much it leaked through ny trousers and looked like my waters had gone this is my first baby and the head is well engaged and everyone keeps telling me how much iv dropped has anyone had this in there pregnancy and how long after did u go into labour x

5 years 2 months ago

I just had sex about a week ago. after having sex i bled for about a week and now I am having a white cloudy discharge. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant.

5 years 3 months ago

Hi, I’m 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant and i lost the beginning of my mucus plug a week and a half ago. It was one huge blob, now i am having lots of snottish looking discharge and i’m wondering how long it could take to have this baby! It’s my first pregnancy and i am due next sunday. im ready for the little booger to be here already!:)

5 years 3 months ago
Hello ladies. I am 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my 2nd child. With the first, I lost my mucus all at once in a big glob when I wiped after going to the bathroom. It looks like somebody sneezed healthy, clearish/yellowish snot into the tissue! Grose, but it’s the facts! With this one, I have been having stringy mucus when I wipe show up on the tissue for about a week. Then today, there was a big glob in my panties and I STILL have little stringy globs coming each time I wipe and on my panties. But… Read more »
5 years 3 months ago

Hi im 37 + 5 days along, Since saturday i have been getting watery discharge, this is my first pregnancy and i dont know what it is at all, Should i call my doctor/midwife, or is it nothing to worry about?

5 years 3 months ago

I’m 8 1/2 weeks pregnant and I have brown stingy stuff coming out should I call the doctor

5 years 3 months ago

Ms Tasha…Since you think poking fun at others who are just concerned is necessary…There is no way in hell you would”ve been almost a month over due. The drs will induce you at 42wks & a day due to the fact that the placenta can no longer provide the nutrients & oxygen to the baby. Even if they were off about how far along you were, it wouldn’t be that much of a difference. So start laughing at yourself for thinking you know it all. Lol

5 years 3 months ago

hi im 37 weeks pregnant right now and i visited my ob yesterday and she cm me and dilated me as 1 cm going 2,its a little bit discomfort and pain while she do that..after an hour when i go home and when i pee I’ve notice that there something brown in my panty and when i wiped my myself there a blood.. don’t know what to do?is this normal? this is my first pregnancy and im so worried right now …please help..

5 years 4 months ago
Hi my name is Sara. I am 38 wks along now and since yesterday I have been having this clear mucus stuff come out so i thought it was just my mucus plug, but then this morning when I went to use the restroom and i wiped myself there was some blood on it and there was also a lot of mucus too. I don’t know what that is as this is only my first pregnancy. But now all day today there has been less and less of the mucus when i wipe what does that mean does it mean… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
Hi, my name is Brandi. I am 26 weeks pregnant. I am experiencing a thick green looking snoty substance coming out of me when I go to the restroom. I am not sure what it is. I have been experiening lower back pains but thats all. They come and go tho. I have a two year old little girl and havent experienced none of the things I have now during this pregnancy and its a boy. He has a chlorid plexus cyst on his brain as well and am wondering if that has something to do with it? Can anyone… Read more »
5 years 6 months ago
ladies I couldn’t help but laugh at some of ur posts,u don’t really Loose the Plug U know where it went,lol of Course call ur Gyno if ur not sure or worried they know u best,-w- my 1st son I used close to a whole roll of T.P trying to get rid of it & it’s pretty Gross but part of the process & I went into labor t hat same day but seeing I was close to a Month Over-due I was ready to throw him out of my belly,like my MIL would tell me the baby will come… Read more »
5 years 6 months ago

im 40 weeks pregnant and have this Yellow jelly comming out with a little back pain what could this mean any one please help i dont know what this means and its been going on for about 2weeks but this time its alot im peeing it out aswell when i bath it comes out and i have to wipe off about 4times HHHHEEELLLPPP

5 years 6 months ago

If your baby has extremely decreased or no activity at all you need to call your doctor and if you can’t get ahold of your doctor go straight to the hospital so they can check on baby. There’s nothing wrong about going to get checked up if you think something is wrong even if it turns out there’s not! 38 weeks and 2 days with my 4th. 🙂 good luck to you all.

5 years 6 months ago

im 39 weeks an have been getting pains on and off all day and my baby hasnt been moving around at all today should i go down to the hospital or at least ring them ??

5 years 7 months ago

I’m 39weeks with 3rd no show or plug with the first 2 boys but this one different had bloody show 3-4 weeks ago all thick blood, and for past couple days been getting thicker White mucus with no blood at all my plug slowly coming out, still no other signs tho, except my pelvis been in agony all way through with this one! Good luck all!!

5 years 7 months ago
The other day I had my cervix checked and she said I wasn’t dialated at all. She said i might spot a little though. That day I was bleeding everytime I went to the bathroom but later it got to be dark brown like it was about to stop then the next day it was there still a little then when I went to the bathroom, I had a bog glob of dark brown blood come out. It was gooey but not at all clear. Then a few little things later. Could this be the mucus plug???? I have no… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago

Im 35 weeks I lost my mucus plug a week ago my baby has dropped but still not having any contractions other then braxton hicks. My docter said i could still go another month. Ive always heard if your baby drops and you lose your mucus plug you prob have 2 weeks before your labor starts. This is my second pregnancy and everything is happening so fast compared to my first

5 years 7 months ago

[…] Mucus Plug | Pregnancy | Baby, Pregnancy, and Parenting at BabiesI am curently 35wks pregnent with twins.I have been having heavy discharge for a few days now.I used the bathroom tonight and when I wiped it was this thick snot looking stuff that was on my tissue.Is thism y mucas plug?I am due for a c-section next week.So could I go into labor before then? […]

5 years 8 months ago

hi all, im nearly 39 weeks pregnant and two ays ago i had pinkish discharge on TP and then big gloopy jelly like stuff coming out? had a few niggles yesterday but nothing since. saw the midwife this morning and she didnt really say much just told me to wait. anything i can do to get it going or is it just a case of my lil baby is going to come whenever he/she wants too 🙂

5 years 8 months ago

Hi i’m 26 yrs old and i’ll be 38 weeks preggo tomorrow and i’m also 3 cent dialted, and i have been seeing white snot stuff coming out of my vagina and have been having BH cont. Plz someone tell me that labor is on the way cause i’m so ready 2 have this baby girl and this is my 5th pregnancy.

5 years 9 months ago

im 32 weeks and 1 day and as i wiped i found a snot like substance on the tissue no blood is this my mucus plug?? if so isnt it a bit early??

paige clarke
5 years 9 months ago

hi im 26weeks and 5 days pregnant and im getting a thick white substance on the toilet paper when i wipe and little spots of blood can anyone tell me what this could be?

5 years 9 months ago
Iv noticed that the last day or 2 baby has almost completely stopped moving, i feel him lyk the odd time but not like he used to, i am 38+5, and iv got all the pains and pressure when i walk, iv also lost a bit of weight and my ankles dont swell no more, and i eat like crazy now too, iv also went mad to get things finished like constant cleaning and washing clothes, and i keep losing my balance as well, iv got a bit of ocd a long time but now my cleaning starts the second… Read more »
5 years 9 months ago
i am 32 wks and 5 days, this is my second baby..last night when i went to the bathroom and i wiped there was a think yellowish blob on the tissue, and then again this morning. with my first child who is now 2 soon to be 3, i lost my mucus plug 1 week before i went into labour. so im worried that i go into labour early, thinking of the baby. cause they say the lungs isnt developed until 36 weeks :S i cant wait to meet him and everything but not this early in pregnancy…and my appt… Read more »
5 years 9 months ago
I’m 39 weeks almost and due next friday! I got checked last week n nothing has happened! my baby apparently dropped a couple of weeks ago but my cervix is not dilating and im not effaced! And for what i know my mucus plug has not came out yet! I have been having constant pressure and pain for the past 3 or 4 days but not sure if its going to progress! am really starting to get nervous because i want a natural childbirth and do not want to get induced! Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do!… Read more »
5 years 10 months ago
I’m 36 weeks pregnant and dialated to 3cm and 60% efaced. I was in shock this morning when I learned this as this is my first baby and I just believed I would be in great pain if I were all those things. Since my exam this morning I have a dark brownish stringy discharge. I had some slimey discharge yesterday, but did not think anything of it as I attributed it to normal vaginal discharge. Since my newest discharge I am experiencing more lower abdominal pain, soreness, and extreme pressure. My baby is lined up, dropped and ready to… Read more »
5 years 10 months ago

39 weeks this week, and im due on friday. I dont think ive lost my plug or anything like that. My baby hasnt even dropped and im so ready for her to come out. Im just not understanding whats taking her so long to arrive…someone please help!

5 years 11 months ago

thick yellow discharge, looks a lil stringgy..but no blood could it be mucus plug?

5 years 11 months ago
I went to the doctor this morning and was still dilated to a 1. My doctor tried to stick in 2 fingers and made me cramp up. For at least 3 hours I was really cramped up and in pain. At about 2 pm, I went to the bathroom and noticed a bloody/snotty mucus on my paper. The crampy feeling went away with it. Before this I experienced this, I did have intercourse with my boyfriend. Was this my bloody show or my mucus plug? It was mostly bloody and all clogged up together. My due date is not until… Read more »
6 years 5 days ago

hi I’m 38 weeks pregnant ive been dilated in 3 weeks now my due is on the 22nd I’m having a discharge every morning but there’s no bloody shown is this my mucus plug???how long should I wait till I go to labor?

[…] is said that the loss of mucus plug is often the first sign that labor is approaching. This thick plug of mucus protects your cervical […]

6 years 17 days ago

hi im 32 + weeks n i was walking down the stairs this morning i felt very wet down below and when i went to the toliet i found a mucus yellowish dischrage in my knickers do you think this could be my mucus plug?????

6 years 23 days ago
I lost a lot of my mucus plug when I was 33 weeks, again at 34, again at 35 and some more little pieces from then til 37. I’m now 39 weeks in two days and have been losing alottt of it today and 38.5 weeks my dr told me I’m 50 percent effaced and 1.5 cm dilated, but I could still go past my due date. I find when I do a lot of walking or just being on my feet a lot causes it to come out. It is exciting to see something changing but waiting is… Read more »
6 years 1 month ago

I am 34 yrs old and i want to become pregnant so last night i had intercourse with my husband and the next day in the afternoon i saw like a bit of sperm type coming out though i usually have white discharge every time . Did the sperm out or wht? Please suggest.

6 years 1 month ago
I am currently almost 41 weeks and I started dilating in the middle of August. The doctor and I definitely thought he would be here a week or 2 early… My due date was Sept 3rd & it has already passed by. I am currently now 4cm, and 90%, waiting for my appointment tomorrow to see if they admit me, but it sounds like he plans on inducing me by this weekend! I am having lots of ligament pain under my chest so I am taking pain medications (But not often unless it’s too painful, because it can pass into… Read more »
Anxcious granny
6 years 2 months ago

Hi my daughter has been losing her mucus plug for the last four days she had another show this morning all clear gel no blood, she is 39 weeks and in a lot of pain with her back and mild contractions , I wish there was some way you could tell when labour starts I think Im driving her mad with over concern.

6 years 2 months ago

I am 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant and think I lost my mucus plug. It was a very thick glob of mucus mixed with blood. Is this normal? And is this a sign of labor? Oh and three days ago the doctor told me I was 2 cm. dilated. Am I getting close to labor?

6 years 2 months ago

im 39 wks n i have been losin bits and pieces of my mucas plug for about two wks now…i finally went to the hosptial today with contractions every 4-5 mins..3cm dilated 75% effaced and they sent me home..but my mucas plug was clear wih no blood and my doctor said hat was normal..good luck to all

6 years 2 months ago

I’m 40 weeks an my due date is tomrrow had a doctors visit today an I was only a dimpel along not even a centermtr yet so docotor said he will induce me Tuesday at 12am. So I don’t want to be induced realy so I went on along walk an had a prego pizza had a hot bath an just relaxing now. Well I went to the bathroom an there was some reddish discharge..sooo what is it? From m exzam or, an I’m have lower back pain discomfort too

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