Slow loss of mucous plug?

Stephanie - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 6 weeks to go and over the past 2 days have been noticing that when i go to the toilet theres a thick clear discharge which i know is the musous plug. With my first baby i lost the plug all at once when i was already in labour at 42 weeks, so i'm just wondering how long does this usually go on for? should i be expecting bub early? She's very low already and my boobs are all ready for her to arrive lol..but other than that everything feels the same. thanx

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Natasha - posted on 05/14/2010

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I lost my whole mucous plug all at once at 33 weeks and then a couple of weeks later every time I go to the bathroom and wipe there is this gross snotty stuff and I asked my doctor about it and she said it was my mucous plug and I asked her how that was possible since she said I lost it at 33 weeks and she said the plug can actually regenerate itself. So I'm 39/2 weeks now 100% effaced dialated to a 4, and I lost my plug again at my doctors appt last wed. so I'm just sitting here waiting. But for the last couple of weeks I've noticed the plug slowly coming out. Some people lose it altogether and some drag it out weeks.

Kristin - posted on 05/16/2010

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I'm in my third and final pregnancy and at almost 38 weeks. I can't recall actually ever losing my plug. So who knows.

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Tara - posted on 05/01/2013

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im the same had a scare and ended up in hospital for a night gave me steroids for baby just encase. that was at 30 weeks 4 days I am now 33 weeks and have slowly been losing some of my mucus plug for the last two weeks. which has never happened in both my boys with the first one I lost my mucus plug a couple days before my due date and the second my water slowly broke and this one im slowly losing my mucus plug and am wondering the same thing will this baby be early no one really know when there going to go into labour only the human growing inside when they see the need to come lol. my baby is sitting low and pushing on things down there really hurts to lol. spoke to a midwife on the phone yesterday she said that as long as your not leaking fluid soaking a pad you should be fine just to keep an eye out. also asked it I should reframe from doing anything (if you get my drift) she said no its fine and safe as yes your plug can rebuild itself which to me is unfair as im wanting to meet my daughter so badly but know its best for her where she is. even thou I cant sleep cant get comfortable at all in pain but the things we do for our kids before there even born lol.

Jen - posted on 05/12/2010

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Well I read that when you get into your third trimester you have more of a dishchage then you did before. Its not the mucus plug, but just the body getting ready and all the pressure from the baby. What I was described as the mucus plug being is, you have the increased dishchage during third trimester but if it increased or is a differnt color and somtimes has spotting in it, that, that is the mucus plug. If you are possibly thinking that you might have your little one early, as your dr to do a fetel fibronectian. Its just a swab that they do down there and if it comes out negative you have less then a 3% chance of going into labor within the next two to three weeks. So if they do that, that can give you some assurance if you may or may not have your little one early.
I have the dischage, and today it seems a slight increase and I am leaking colostrum and the baby is feels low as well. But my test turned out negative (I have also been having allot of preterm contractions and am on meds for it) so I am going to have another one done next week to see what my status is.
Just talk with your obgyn, good luck with everything :) Im sure everythings just fine, just body preparing for baby.

Kerri - posted on 05/12/2010

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i've been very slowly losing mine for 2 weeks now and still no baby although she is fully engaged etc. i would make sure you have everything ready just incase yours does come early.

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