How long does it take labor to begin after you've lost your mucous plug?

Marissa - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm only 36 weeks and just lost my mucous plug today. I havent had any contractions but my book says its the onset of labor. So how long until I start the contractions, does anybody have any idea?

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Heather - posted on 02/09/2010

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I lost mine at about 2 in the afternoon...I was in the hospital, in active labor at 9 that night & he was born at 9:46 the next morning. It will start happening soon!!

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2010

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Well, my waters and everything came away naturally, and after 9 hrs with nothing happening I was put on Syntosin (Synthetic Oxytosin that is supposed to create contractions) After 11 hrs of dialating 1 cm, and my blood pressure getting high, and my waters being green, they sent me in for an emergency C section. Plus here they wont let you go for longer than 24 hrs with broken waters, so yeah. But everyone is different. You'll know. =)

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Gwen - posted on 02/12/2010

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In my case, I lost my mucous plug during the day and went into labor that night.

Beccie - posted on 02/10/2010

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I Lost mine exactly a week before I went into labour, but can vary. Good luck and enjoy any last moments of peace and quiet lol !! xx

Bibiana - posted on 02/10/2010

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Yes i thought that too nearly ten years ago and nothing happened for at least 20 days, hopefully u wont have to wait as long as i did, all the very best to you

Marissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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thank you all for your help and thank you for the congrats! I'm so excited. my fiance says i've been smiling since it happened :)

Marissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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this is my first also, but it kind of looked like i blew my nose with just a little bit of blood.

Priyanka - posted on 02/09/2010

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I lost mine at 7in the evening, broke my bag at 10:00pm and delivered at 2:20am.

ASTRID - posted on 02/09/2010

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I LOST MINE A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE I HAD MY BABY...GOOD LUCK.. WISH YA THE BEST

Corinne - posted on 02/09/2010

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i lost my m.p. and didnt go into labor for 2 days! it varies but you should see your doctor if its been longer than i think a week or so. its easy to get infections after so long!

Nikki - posted on 02/09/2010

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It could take anywhere from a day to weeks. I lost mine in the hospital after my water broke, everyone is different . Just know you are close, good luck and CONGRATS !!!!

Amy - posted on 02/09/2010

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It is different for everyone, but I lost mine almost 2 weeks before I had my son. Just be packed and ready to go!

Tanya - posted on 02/09/2010

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mine was actually 2 weeks and i also never had the show either! they also had to break my water! good luck!

Tara - posted on 02/09/2010

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i lost mine a couple of days before i had my son but some say u can lose it up to a week before i think it just depends

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Your almost there. Everyone is different. Good Luck! Hopefully your bags are packed and in the car. The baby can come anytime now make sure you get your rest.

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