"bloody show" How long before delivery?

Cynthia - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have one of those icky questions that's kinda embarrassing to ask, but since we're all mom's here, hopefully it wont gross anyone out! : ) I was wondering how far in advance to labor you usually pass the mucus plug from the cervix. With my first baby, I never had an internal exam till 4 days past my due date. I was dilated 3cm, and had some spot bleeding after the exam, and 2 days later I passed the "mucus junk" and immediately started contractions 2-3 minutes apart!. I am now 2 1/2 weeks away from my due date, and had an internal exam yesterday. She told me to expect some "spot bleeding" which I have not had, but all day today, this mucus stuff keeps coming out. I have heard that you can pass that several weeks before labor begins, but as of yesterday I was dilated to 3cm and 50% effaced , so I'm wondering if this is normal, or if it means things are about to start happening.

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Beth - posted on 06/25/2010

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I didn't have bloody show until I was at the hospital with my last two babies. When I delivered my last baby, I was having contractions 5 minutes apart before the bloody show. I only saw the mucous plug with one baby- I've delivered 4! Each one is different.

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Josslyn - posted on 06/28/2010

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I got the same question as you lol, Im 32 weeks and passed mine two weeks ago Tuesday!! Got strange cramps and tightening and went to the hospital, was diagnosed with irritable uterus and put on bedrest until baby comes, I have no bloody show though, just "live" braxton hicks contractions and they are really painful at night, but as the ladies here say, we cant put God's work on a schedule, we have to wait and see, Good luck!!

Shalaina - posted on 06/27/2010

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Mine came out, called the Dr and they said don't worry about it, went to Walmart and started having contractions 8 minutes apart and quickly became closer together so it was time to go! I was in there for a few hours before they wanted me to push though. Good luck!

Doneisha - posted on 06/25/2010

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Well as a mom of 5 and a Labor & Delivery Tech, I see these things daily. I would agree u should pack your bags. As a Chrisitian you know we can't put a timeline on God's work; but I would say get to walking and be mindful of those little pains (could be the onset of major contractions)! Losing your mucous plug is a sign that your cervix is dilating! Congrats on your delivery!

Cyndel - posted on 06/21/2010

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I passed my plug about 10 days before I went into labor. It took about three days (if I remember right, which I'm not one hundred percent sure of) to completely pass.

Cheryl - posted on 06/21/2010

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I'd pack my bags but don't take the older ones to Grandma's until contractions are close. But you still could be waiting come due date and past ;-) Good luck- hope all goes well.

Cynthia - posted on 06/20/2010

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Hey Cynthia, I think your best bet would be to check with your doctor because every mommy and every pregnancy is different. Take care and God bless you.

Crystal - posted on 06/20/2010

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my mucus plug came out about 10 days before i gave birth which was a gross booger looking glob of gunk and no one told me about it so i was freaked out. throughout those 10 days i slowly passed more of this stuff and when i went into labor at home, a lot more was passed

Heather - posted on 06/19/2010

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It can go weeks before hand. With my twins it was over a month, I would check with your doctor and make sure they aren't concerned with the mucus, but I wouldn't worry too much. Like I said, with my twins I lost it over a month before hand, and then had mucus and spotting after that, and it wasn't cause for alarm. But check to make sure. Better to be safe!

Becca - posted on 06/19/2010

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If you are having a regular runny discharge that is not normal and could indicate that the amnotic sack has ruptured. However for me I lost my mucus plug very slowly over several days and barely noticed it. All I know is that at my 38 week appointment my OBGYN told me it was gone and that was a week before my son was born.

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