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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mucus Plug Pregnancy - Signs of labor

One of the signs of labor is losing a mucus plug. As part of the pregnancy process, a mucus plug helps keep the baby safe as well as announcing when labor will soon begin. Pregnant woman usually have a lot of questions about a pregnancy plug and learning the basics about them can help relieve some stress about what goes on when they are pregnant.

So what exactly is a pregnancy mucus plug? A mucus plug is a large portion of mucus from the cervix that blocks the entrance to the cervix. A pregnant woman’s cervix is what forms the mucus plug as a result of the baby.  It is thicker than what comes from a person’s nose but is not hard; more of a jello like substance according to most pregnant women. It is the guardian of the precious baby and is a useful defense against anything that might harm it.


Mucus plugs generally look the same for everyone. A pregnancy mucus plug will look clear with a slightly pink color due to blood that might have gotten trapped in it over time. It is possible to have other variations of color, but the normal mucus plug is usually something close to a creamish color.  Usually, it will look a lot like its name says; like mucus. It can also resemble vaginal discharge and be sticky.  Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between vaginal discharge and a mucus plug because they are so similar. It is possible to see pictures of what a mucus plug looks like just by searching one on the Internet. Doctors will also show pictures of healthy mucus plugs if asked.

The main purpose of a mucus plug is to protect the baby from bacteria. The cervix is an opening in the body and therefore is a possible way for bacteria and other harmful things to get into the female body.  When not pregnant, women do not really have to worry too much about what goes on down there.  However, when pregnant a baby is defenseless against anything that may want to harm it. A pregnancy mucus plug will block the entrance of the cervix which keeps bad things like bacteria away from the uterus and in turn keeps the baby safe during pregnancy.

When a mucus plug is lost, labor can be expected within the next 2 to 3 weeks, but sometimes can mean labor will happened within a few hours. Losing a pregnancy mucus plug means that the cervix is dilating and that one can expect birth soon after. Sometimes, what is known as the bloody show will begin happening after a mucus plug is lost, but not everyone sees blood when they lose their plug.  It is not a painful process of losing a mucus plug and for most women in fact they never even realize it’s gone!  It either falls out in pieces over a period of time, or just goes unnoticed into the toilet since most people don’t really pay too much attention to what goes in there. Also, in the last stages of pregnancy, there is a lot of vaginal discharge so some women may not be able to tell the difference between the two.

The normal time for a mucus plug to come out is after 36 or 37 weeks. If lost before that time, it could mean that something is wrong and a doctor should be consulted with. It should be noted however that with all the pregnancy exams and tests that require a bit of poking around down there, one may notice parts coming out before the 36 week period. This is normal due to all the activity in the area and doesn't indicate any problems. Sometimes a mucus plug doesn't come out before delivery. However, this does happened and does not mean that anything will be wrong with the pregnancy or the baby. 

Losing a mucus plug is just a natural occurrence which happens before delivery. Someone who is pregnant should not worry that their baby will be in any danger after losing it.  They can do all the things they had done before they lost their pregnancy plug and be confident that their baby is safe.

If it happens that a mucus plug comes out and is noticed, it is not something that needs to be taken to a doctor. Pregnancy mucus plugs are just a part of the process and do not need testing or any other attention.  Simply dispose of it properly and prepare for the upcoming excitement of delivery a baby.

As it can be seen, a mucus plug is a very natural part of pregnancy and something that will happen to everyone.  It is a gift that protects a baby from anything that might hurt it. Once lost, it announces the coming a baby and will let a woman know to prepare for the happiest time in her life.


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