10 Facts You Should Know About a Mucus Plug

1. What is a mucus plug?

At the very beginning of pregnancy some mucus is accumulated in the uterine cervix generated by the uterus during ovulation. As the mucus thickens, it seals the cervix tightly, blocking the way for any infection from the vagina to the cervix and thereby protecting the fetus.

Human mucus plug is formed from the cervical glands secretion. It is a thick, gelatinous mass that fills the entire cervical canal. It’s formed at the end of the first month of pregnancy, when the ovum is implanted in the uterine cavity: at this time the cervix softens, swells and gets filled with the cervical mucus produced by the cells of the cervix. With each ovulation it thickens to form rather dense clot blocking the entrance to the uterus.

Secretion of cervical glands is constantly supported by a high level of estrogen and progestin which are the hormones responsible for the fetal development. Thus, the plug isn’t formed from the thick liquid, which was generated from the beginning of pregnancy. The secretion of the cervical cells takes place on a continuous basis and the cervix mucus plug always remains “fresh”. It completely fills the uterine cervix leaving no gaps between the uterine walls. The mucus contains antibodies which help the immune system to counteract pathogens like bacteria, fungus, etc.

2. Images of mucus plug: what does it look like?


The mucus plug looks like a piece of mucus or jelly and to some women it can even resemble what does a mucus plug look likea jellyfish. Basically, the size of mucus plug is rather small, 4-5 cm long (when in the uterine cervix) or about two tablespoons (when it comes out). In fact, the discharge can be even smaller in size since it can come out in parts.

Usually, the color of mucus plug is white-yellowish, sometimes with blood admixture or streaks of pink or pure white. There can be some variants including beige, taupe or even brown mucus plug. All these colors are considered as variants of the norm.

The blood streaks in the plug can be observed rather often since the uterine cervix expands before labor and that can lead to bursting of capillaries. Still, there shouldn’t be any bleeding. If passing the plug is accompanied by rather heavy blood-tinged discharge of scarlet color, then you should contact your doctor immediately.

3. When does the plug come out?


mucus plugBefore labor starts, the balance of female hormones changes. The number of estrogens significantly increases compared with the quantity of gestogen. That is, the process of fetal development is considered to be completed and so it’s canceled. Under the influence of estrogen the plug gets thin and then passes.

Thus, passing of the plug indicates that labor is getting on regardless of the gestational age. Premature labor starts the same way as physiological or postmature delivery. So, the mucus plug discharge during early pregnancy indicates that something has gone wrong in the body of the pregnant woman and she needs to see a doctor since in this case passing the plug can be a sign of early labor.

4. How does a woman lose the mucus plug?


Losing the mucus plug is somewhat different for nonparous and multiparous women. The fact is that the cervix of nonparous pregnant women has a smaller diameter compared to those women who experienced the process of childbirth. The uterine cervix walls are thick enough to keep the mucus so firmly that the plug passes with blood (from ruptured blood vessels) or by parts. At the same time some prenatal structural changes of the cervical canal take place accompanied by separation of epithelial cells. This can come with slight bleeding. Therefore nulliparous pregnant women can observe streaks of blood in the thick secretions.

In parous women the inner surface of the cervical canal is rather elastic. The surface epithelium is loosened and the intercellular space is able to stretch. Therefore, the plug in parous women often passes in one piece and without bloodshed.

Women with lesion of the cervical canal can be an exception to the general statistical cases. Scars are formed on the inside of the cervix as a result of forced expansion during abortion or as a result of inflammatory lesions of the cervical cells by Trichomonas or other infection. Sometimes bleeding during passing mucus plug in parous women is associated with cervical erosion.

In spite of the general statistics, it’s impossible to predict the way the cervical mucus plug will pass in every woman. It passes in different ways and at different times. Some women may not even notice passing the mucus plug. After all, this can happen when a woman relieves herself (in this case you may just feel as if something is dropped during urination). Often the plug passes while a woman takes shower and in this case she can feel or see nothing. Only if it passes at night or during a day when the woman wears panties, pieces of mucus can be seen on them.

5. What should you do after the plug has come out?

If you’re sure that the plug has passed, do not panic, since the time left before labor can vary from several hours to several weeks. So if you know that the time for delivery hasn’t come yet and there are no signs of abnormality in the discharge (it has normal white or yellowish color with or without blood streaks), you don’t observe bursting of waters and don’t feel contractions, then don’t worry and just relax. However, later it’s better to see a doctor and find out if everything is fine and how soon you can expect labor. Depending on the overall condition, the doctor will give specific recommendations or will send you to the hospital.

Anyway, don’t forget that discharge of the mucous plug is an early sign of labour. So, it’s better to stay close to the hospital and your home where you can use your time profitably reviewing the things prepared for the hospital and making sure everything is ready at home.

However, you should pay attention to mild “pushes”, some tension and drawing pain in the abdomen or other feelings which can be similar to those that usually accompany menstruation. This aching pain may slip into contractions meaning the beginning of delivery and labour. Even in this case there is no need to rush to the hospital. Make sure in the intensity and frequency of the contractions. When the interval between them shortens to 10 minutes, then it’s really time to go. And as long as the intervals between contractions are longer and the contractions aren’t intense as well as they don’t cause much discomfort, it’s better to use time for getting prepared. For example, you can check all the necessary documents or take a warm shower.

But if after the mucus plug discharge the waters breaks, you have to go to the hospital immediately. In case of bleeding along with the discharge, also don’t hesitate and call the ambulance.


6. Is there any risk associated with losing a mucus plug?

Losing your mucus plug during pregnancy doesn’t mean that the protection of the fetus from vaginal infection is broken. There is the second and more important protective barrier which is a thick bag of waters. Therefore, in case you have lost the plug and the labor hasn’t started yet, you shouldn’t worry but you should take some precautions. Avoid swimming in the bath, pool or sea and pay more attention to the personal hygiene (take shower and change underwear and bed linen more frequently). As for your intimate life, after losing the plug you have to abandon it since infection can get from the vagina into the uterus.

Note that rupture of the membrane (which also can come painlessly) bears great risk of infection for the fetus and the risk increases as time passes. In this case every minute counts, so if you’re not able to determine the type of vaginal discharge (whether this is the plug or the membrane), pinpoint the time of the discharge and call the ambulance immediately. At the hospital doctors would specify whether it was the plug or amniotic fluid.

7. Does loss of mucus plug in pregnancy mean going into labor immediately?

Doctors believe that the plug should come out not earlier than 2 weeks before the due date of delivery. Most often the discharge takes place 3-5 days before labor. But in fact, nobody can tell you when you lose the plug – just before labor, along with the amniotic fluid or hours, days and even weeks earlier.

So, although the discharge of the plug is one of the three early signs that labour is approaching (along with contractions and rupture of membranes), it doesn’t mean you’re going to deliver immediately. If there are no other signs of labor, you shouldn’t hurry to the hospital. But in any case, you should inform your doctor about it and then have medical examination.


8. Does the plug always pass before labor?

No, sometimes it doesn’t come out before labor. But anyway it will pass with bursting of waters or the doctor will remove it during the process of delivery. Besides, some women think that they haven’t lost the plug when they really have! You can simply miss the moment or take the discharge of the plug for other mucoid discharge.

9. Can mucus plugs in pregnancy indicate any pathology?

Some women take bursting of waters for losing the plug. Normally amniotic fluid is absolutely mucus plugtransparent, colorless and much thinner than the plug. Rupture of membranes is much more dangerous for the fetus because of the threat of infection. To avoid possible complications during the pregnancy, you should inform the doctor about your condition.

If you lose the plug earlier than 2 weeks before the due date determined by a physician during ultrasound examination (for example, when losing your mucus plug at 33 week), it’s also the issue for concern. This can mean premature delivery or placental abruption so in any case you should go to the hospital.

Another reason to visit your doctor is the discharge accompanied by bleeding. If you see a large quantity of bright blood in the discharge, there is a risk for the health of the unborn baby and the future mother because of damage of the placenta.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that the plug shouldn’t have foul odor. Offensive odor is usually characteristic of infection. Also make notice of the discharge color. Greenish mucus plug may indicate fetal hypoxia, so you need to inform your doctor about the suspicious discharge as quickly as possible.

By the way, during the pregnancy you should tell your doctor about all vaginal discharges. This helps to monitor the progress of the pregnancy as well as to clarify the expected date of delivery.

10. Is losing mucus plug in pregnancy painful?

Sometimes women experience aching, nagging pain in the lower abdomen that resembles the pain during menstruation. However, this is not a general rule and losing mucus plug may be really painless and even imperceptible for a pregnant woman.

107 comments

  1. There is certainly a great deal to learn about this issue.
    I love all the points you made.

  2. I lost big pieces of mine at a time. One long thick strand covered a whole toilet paper wad at 36 weeks. I thought this was it. Then more came as much to cover a finger at week 38. Now at week 39 the biggest yet came out in the shape of a ring covering the inside palm of my hand. All were clear, thick, mucousy, globs.

  3. This was very helpful for me. So much I was unaware of as well as never experienced with my other pregnancy.

  4. Can blood pass by the plug from the placenta and not dislodge it?

  5. im 32 weeks and i just lost mine dismorning… im kinda scared because its kind of early for me to lose it

    • Hello dear I’m also 32, just wanted to ask you, when did you deliver the baby, bcoz I lost mine today and there’s no signs of labour?

    • When did you have your baby was everything ok and normal BC I am 33 weeks started losing mine a few days ago and I’m really worried BC I’m not for another month and half

    • i am also 32 weeks n last week i lost some of mine n right after i did my lower back was hurting then it just stopped untill today when i passed some more n my back stated hurting again and im having alot of presser in my lower abdomen. im not sure what i should do

  6. I’ve been losing some of mine & I’m only 29 weeks. Should I be nervous?

  7. Anushka Agrawal

    Hi, I am in my 27th week of pregnancy, and from last few days thick mucus is coming from my vagina, specially more in the morning when I get up from my bed, it’s slightly transparent, Whitish or yellowish in colour. And sometimes I feel that my urine is leaking through my legs but in a very small quantity, I asked my doctor, she told it’s Normal only it should not be reddish in colour, I am getting scared, Kindly suggest what to do.. Is it normal, anyone who has faced same experience??

    • I Had That At 31 Weeks. It’s Just Discharge, Had It For A Few Weeks. Then I Had Thick Pink Jelly Like Discharge That I Thought Was My Plug At 36 Weeks. This Came Out For 2-3 Days. 5 Days Later The Mucus Plug Came Out. It Was About The Size Of My Thumb, And Blood Tinged. It Felt Like Something Dropped Out Of My Vagina While On The Loo. Definately A Big Difference Between The Discharge. Lots Of Menstrual Cramping Came A Few Hours Later, But That Was Yesterday And I Still Have Not Gone Into Labour. Just More Cramps And Backache And More Tired.

  8. What if it passes while showering and I don’t even know? This makes me nervous bum starting week 39 tomorrow!

  9. Very helpful… When i mention my experience with my friends which is my mucous plug came out already they made me feel so fearful bevaise thwy keep saying that i am in labour and i should of gone to the hospital but i learnt from this if you arw not geting any contractions and your water is not broken it can even take weeks before going into labour. You just have to be careful to prevwnt infections and ofcourse go and get checked.

  10. Can you have or discharge a mucus plug if notvpregnant

    • No. Only pregnant woman have mucus plugs. Mucus plugs are formed after one month of pregnancy.

    • No. If you are experiencing mucus similar to the consistency of egg whites when you aren’t pregnant, that is normal. It means you are fertile and your body is preparing to ovulate for that cycle. Check our The Art of Natural Family Planning, and it will explain the different types of discharge when not pregnant.

  11. Thank u! Now relax and calm!

  12. im 37 weeks pregnant and lost my plug on the 8th of july 2016. How long does it take to be in labor, i get the occassional cramps,backache and sometimes it feels like contractions that dont last long?

  13. I lost my plug late last night in the shower but the contractions are irregular should I go in?

  14. I’m carrying twins and I had intercourse last night after I’d gone to the toilet and some like a really light red snotty stuff came out just a little I’m 33 weeks what do I do

  15. Hi im 28weeks and 2days and passing white mucus plug daliy but no pain and no water! But im very scared plz help me that is it normal???

  16. Esmeralda Caldera

    With my first daughter 4 years ago, I went to the potry to go pee when I stood up I felt like I peeded on my self again and when I wiped there it was.. I was 37 weeks and contractions started right away.. Four hours later my daughter was born.
    Im 37 weeks today with my second and I dont know what or when to expect her but I’m ready.. ! Not

  17. Nice Article

  18. I lost mine last night I’m 40 weeks on Friday so 2 days to go. I then started getting more period pain sensations rather than braxton hicks. Although they lasted about 2 hours with short breaks in between they eventually went away. I was hoping they would come back in the night and they would wake me up, that way I would be sure I was in labour. It’s horrible at this stage because every little twinge I’m hoping is labour, it’d my first baby so really don’t know what to expect!

    • I feel for you. I am 39 weeks and 1 day and have been losing my mucus plug since last Wednesday. The largest piece dislodged this morning but I have yet to go into labor. I had consistent contractions last night but they only lasted for 45 minutes and then they stopped. Every time they begin to become rhythmic, I get really giddy hoping the time has come. This is my first so I really don’t know what to expect.

    • I’m experiencing the same thing. I’m 36 weeks. It’s so nerve racking. The pains will be there then they’re gone again and I just wanna get labour over with or get the contractions to quit.

  19. Im not sure if ive just lost my plug im 38 weeks+2 and it was a little bit of brown jelly? Not a lot of it at all either! Ive been getting such an achey stomach and it keeps me up at night. Has anyone had this?

  20. I am currently 39 weeks today and I started losing my plug last night into this morning. During the day nothing came out but it started back up of coming out again tonight.

  21. I am between my 38th and 39th week and just saw my OBGYN yesterday. I’m 3cm dilated and “fully effaced”, so when I told him that I was pretty certain I’ve been slowly losing pieces of my mucus plug, he said he didn’t doubt it and that he’d probably be seeing me at the hospital within the next few days. However, in the last 24 hours I’ve continued to lose larger, thicker amounts of what has to be the additional pieces of mucus plug (or maybe the original pieces were actually due to the effacement process) since I now know that I’m 100% effaced, meaning that this can’t be cervical lining, right? You’d think he would’ve admitted me but he’s pretty determined not to induce this pregnancy since all of my previous pregnancies were medically induced unnecessarily early. Anyway mine has been moderately thick with gelatinous mucoid-like, stringy substance which is pale yellow and has no sign of blood, or even a reddish tinge (for which I’m grateful considering that whether I know it may be normal or not; I tend to panic at any perceivable sign of blood during pregnancy.) It started coming out in small globs about a week ago, then it suddenly stopped a day or two before my appointment BUT as soon as my last OBGYN was over, it started coming in significantly thicker and larger amounts with an increased frequency. Despite the fact that I’m 30 and having my 4th child, due to the fact that I’ve always been induced at the hospital between 34-36 weeks, I’ve never actually experienced any of these pre-labourous signs before, so it’s all new to me! This article was very helpful:)

  22. This was EXTREMELY informative. Normally when i look up pregnancy related things I go through a couple different sites. I have no need to do so now because the info here was so complete. Based on facts that my doctor and nurses have already advised me of. Thank you for being thorough. I feel good enough to go back to bed. Bye!

  23. I have a male client whose daughter insists that he passes a mucus plug when his output is low. She believes that once he passes his mucus plug his output will increase.

  24. I lost my mucus plug today around 2pm. Then hours later I went to the restroom and when I wiped I had more of the same discharge lots more. This happened 2 more times. Is it possible to keep discharging this jelly like (mucus plug) more than once?? I am getting back pain, but nothing to severe.

  25. When were mucus plugs discovered? Never heard of them in 1959 so never had to worry when my daughter was born. My water broke and off to the hospital I went. I was full term but my labor took two days (doctor told me I could go home but I was in the hospital and refused to leave until I had my baby) Labor pain hurts, but so does a toothache, when its over the pain is totally forgotten. All you’ll remember is the awesome sight of YOUR baby! God bless all of you expectant ladies.

  26. I am on my second pregnancy and I didn’t pass my mucus plug on the first pregnancy, I guess my question is is it really obvious when it comes out? I’ll be 39 weeks next week and I don’t really know what to look for as far as a mucus plug goes. Any info would be great!

  27. This is pure bullshit. Your mucus plug means NOTHING. I have 17 years of nursing experience in Labor & Delivery and we all laugh at you when you come into the hospital with the “I lost my mucus plug” bit. Your own Doctors laugh at you.
    The mucus plug has NOTHING to do with labor….if you went into labor after you saw your mucus plug come out then it was pure coincidence.
    Stop making fools of yourselves and believing everything you see on the internet.

    • That’s pretty inconsiderate that health professionals are laughing at woman for wanting to be extra safe. I am
      Always told by my doctors to never hesitate to come
      Get checked if I am nervous about something. You guys are there to set people’s mind at ease and check them, not laugh at them.

      Also. Had I gone in to the hospital when I
      Lost my mucous plug and bloody show, they may have been able to prevent my water breaking shortly after at 24 weeks. Somehow I don’t really believe you are a health professional, either that or your just very ignorant.

    • Oh and for anyone else reading. Losing your mucous plug can
      Sometimes mean labour is going to start. But not always, we often lose pieces of our mucous plug throughout pregnancy as it can regenerate itself. But usually the mucous plug before labour is a lot larger in the amount and more likely to have a little blood or pink in it. The mucous plug you lose
      Throughout pregnancy or in the later stages is usually just little amounts. **** and there is never anything wrong with getting checked if your ever scared of something. Too many babies could have been saved if people were less hesitant to go get checked out. And it’s people like that ^^ that make woman second guess a visit to a doctor or hospital.

    • Why are you such a bitch about it? Not everyone is a labor and delivery nurse so they might not know. I would never want you as my nurse.

    • Wow, as a medical professional, I would have expected a more respectful response that doesn’t belittle people. If we were all in the profession, we wouldn’t need this blog. I hope your bedside manners are the complete opposite and that you are far more patient with your clients.

    • Wow, as a medical professional, I would have expected a more respectful response that doesn’t belittle people. If we were all in the profession, we wouldn’t need this blog. I hope your bedside manners are the complete opposite and that you are far more patient with your clients.

    • Is it necessary to be so rude? You couldn’t just offer your medical knowledge without putting others down?

    • Wow, I think you are the most insensitive nurse I’ve ever come across. These women are not in the medical field and some of them are in their first pregnancy. You should check your bedside manner or change job profession.

    • Hahaha. You are a horrible health care professional. Truly a piece of shit, what sort of health care professional or person for that matter would talk like that. You’re embarrassing to us real health care professionals whom provide information to uneducated or uninformed individuals. You talk like your big stuff with your 17 years nursing experience. I’ve been a Nurse delivering for probably 10 yrs before you even decided to be a nurse and it’s Nurses like you who bring shame to our profession and us professionals who actually know what it means to in this line of work.

    • I think I’ve had you as a nurse; I recognize your charming bedside manner. It can be hard enough for a mother to know when the time to go in is right without a mocking health care “professional.”

    • Can I just say I think ur wrong my daughter was 5 days early because the midwife exsamed me and she accidentally pulled Away my mucus plug and then she lefted the room she came back within 20-35 mins saying she had to brake my Walters amd then I had my daughter 12 hours later but had some difficulties as she was back to back

    • I hope your joking and aren’t really that rude. I cant imagine everyone is like you. Women go in because they’re told to or they’re nervous. The last thing they need is to feel like the concerns they have are a joke. Not everyone has 17 years of experience. If you can’t have compassion for someone who has less experience then you or a concern for their baby, maybe you need to get out of labor and delivery…maybe nursing all together. People come to you because they need your exprtise, not to be laughed at. I’m sure there was a different way you could’ve expressed your opinion other then telling every concerned mom that reads your post that if they go into see if they’re ok that they’re going to be laughed at. I hope even after reading this if they have concerns that they will still go in. Better safe then sorry.

    • How nice to see an experienced midwife making fun of pregnant women, isn’t it your job to reassure these frightened mums to be. I am a critical care nurse with 4 children and wouldn’t dream of speaking to anyone like you have let alone pregnant women. I hope none of these expectant mums will have you deliver their babies. Have you lost your compassion or just plain nasty . I have 2 of my daughters due Xmas week and if I get a midwife like you anywhere near them they will be sorry . I deal with your mistakes and I can tell you , you don’t know everything , none of us health professionals do . Have some empathy for these scared women or retire .

    • And what a pleasant nurse you are too! You may have seen it, done it and got the T-Shirt but for most having a baby is not an everyday occurrence! I suggest you stop making a fool of your profession.

    • You sound so uneducated and classless . This is a child people are carrrying and if there is any doubt it’s intelligent to ask or go to the hospital . I am sure your one of those nurses from some terrible technical school …. typical .

    • Some of the things these women going through are 1st time experiences.. if you had any kids you could some what relate.. you going by your experience as a “nurse” means nothing… it’s better to be safe than sorry, your comment was so arrogant and ignorant that you should lose your license for even posting your comment, that what yall get paid to do, answer questions that may seems crazy, yall suppose to make them feel at ease and let them know everything’s ok not to be laughed at!!

    • This comment was not only arrogant and very rude but it was also not helpful by any means. I’m sure there was a better, nicer, and more educated way to explain this being that you work in the medical field…also, after passing my mucus plug with my first baby I didn’t go into a panic but I did call my doctor and I was told to come in right away. It obviously means something. And the practice I go to is very well respected.

    • You’re just a cocky bitch!

    • Wow. That was really harsh. I would hate to have you as my nurse as you likely have zero bedside manner. Its perfectly normal for expectant mothers to be curious and anxious about things happening with their bodies during pregnancy, specifically as the due date draws near. No need to be so ugly. And while you have a point that everything on the internet shouldn’t be believed, at least these women are making an effort to understand what is happening to their bodies. There was a way to make your point without being so negative.

    • Aren’t you a ray of sunshine? Instead of chastising and making fun of people, maybe you should take the opportunity to provide information and be a true and respectful healthcare professional, as your response shows you are clearly far from it.

    • A totally unacceptable reply showing no empathy for a pregnant woman. Should you be practicing at all let alone in midwifery.. I hope that you have been disciplined by your superiors.

    • Wow your are an amazingly understanding nurse and any hospital would be lucky to have you with how wonderfully you speak with your patients!!! Seriously you have medical training and years experience chill out with these women that have zero experience!!! You are the nurse that everyone hopes they DONT get! Thanks for making the labor and delivery process miserable for probably thousands of women!

    • If this is true, u don’t have to be a jerk and rude about it to these woman who don’t know and never heard any different. However I am pregnant with my 5th child and my doctors and all the books and experience that I have had says that when u’r mucus plug comes out then it could be anywhere from hrs to weeks before u go into labor. It’s not that hard to be rude, maybe u should try it thank u

    • For a nurse your comments are very unprofessional!

    • Wow. Let’s pray none of us had a nurse like you (who should understand expectant mothers have lots of worries and fears). Medical professionals don’t joke or laugh at concerned patients fears.

    • Wow what a stuck up rude bitch, sorry nurse! Ha!

    • Wow! Hateful much? I’m very thankful i have never had a nasty nurse like yourself. I’m not sure how you stay employed.

    • Well the maternity services only have themselves to blame for expectant mothers turning up giving the “I lost my mucus plug” bit. I would not have known or cared about the plug if the midwives and hospital had not asked me if I had lost it when I contacted them about cramping and reduced movement – and they continue to ask me about it at every appointment. From doing my own research I now know it’s really a something if nothing but it was the midwifery services that made a deal out of it. I can only hope in practice you are less condemning of the patients in your care and remember to look at the information your services put out there in the first place!

    • You’re really rude. Some inexperienced women having their first baby aren’t going to know any better. Some people jump the gun and go too early but dang have a little sympathy. I would be highly upset if you were my L&D nurse and being hateful like you are now. Are you sure you’re in the right profession??

    • Wow!! What a negative/nasty comment!!! Thank God you aren’t my nurse!!

    • Wow “nurse”! How about a little compassion for these people. Just because you’ve dealt with it for years doesn’t mean everyone else is as knowledgeable as you! How about taking a step back and working on your bedside manner!

    • Melinda Bonskowski RN

      That is extremely rude. You are either not a real nurse or went into the field for job security and a paycheck because obviously you do not care about people or their feelings. If the article is bs then maybe you could do what we call patient teaching, instead of laughing at them. If I ever saw a nurse make fun of a patient for asking a question there would be some serious hell to pay. Shame on you!

    • No need to be so rude!! Some of us have never had this experience before. I would hate to have you as my nurse!!!

    • Way to make pregnant women feel like shit. We already question ourselves every time we think something might be wrong and here you are admitting you laugh at us. Maybe try getting. New career

    • For being a nurse this is very rude. I dont think you should be a nurse or dealing with people this closely if your attitude is this poor if you were my nurse i would request a new nurse just because your attitude is very poor. Alot of woman amd doctors are worried when it comes to the mucus plug. And my doctor agreed you have a very poor out look if you laugh at woman who come in to the hospital saying they lost their mucus plug when in fact that is one of the key things that you body releases shortly before you end up going into labor. You lady would never share that one miracle moment with me and my family and welcoming my child into this world where i think as a mother you would destroy my faith… Or juat laugh at something that would go wrong.

    • Shut the fuck up hoe!

    • You have no business being a nurse! You are incredibly rude

    • Where do u work?? I don’t think I want to go there. Hopefully you are not rude with the patients when they come in Bc they honestly did not know better. Praying your 2016 got better and your 2017 brings you peace. That or you find a new job. Just sayin.

    • Hun can you please help me I’m not sure if you’ll see this but I’m in my third pregnancy an am 22 weeks an four days this afternoon when I went bathroom I had a white type glue slash jelly looking type of discharge would this be a warning??

    • I’m questioning whether you’re really a nurse. If so, it sounds like you have compassion fatigue. I’ve never met a nurse that makes people feel embarrassed. I hope you’ve retired from Land D

    • You must be what the internet refers to as a “troll.” OR; You may just not give two cents about your profession, as you claim to have had for 17 years.

      As an OBGYN, with an open practice of 23 years; I can say very confidently that information about the mucus plug is as follows:

      Throughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled allowing the baby to pass through the cervix during labor and birth. Passing a mucus plug is a sign that your cervix is dilating and that your body is preparing for birth. Labor could be hours, days, or even weeks away as the cervix gradually opens.

    • Well that was incredibly mean..1st time moms don’t know what to expect and frankly if u laugh at a woman for being anxious and nervous then your in the wrong business…that was a terrible thing for you to say

    • Nurse, I’m sorry, but you’re a horrible nurse. You may know your stuff, but compassion is also part of the job description.

    • Where is your compassion? Many of these women are going through this their very first time. When you & your nurse buddies plus the Drs are actually making fun of your patients, you should all be reprimanded or fired. You professionals must not be providing enough information so we wouldn’t have to go to the internet. I have had two children & one miscarriage. My grand daughter is now at 31 weeks. She has been dilated to four for a week & 1/2. Today she lost her mucus plug & is having some discomfort so they told her to come to the hospital. I am close to 70 years old. My grand daughter had to tell me what a mucus plug was! And yes I then found this info on the internet. We were NEVER informed of anything. It was always ‘your fine’. Nothing else & if we did ask a question we were told to not concern ourselves about such things. Well, we’re not in the dark ages now & if these ladies still don’t know all the answers then you haven’t been doing your job! You sound bitter & should not be doing the job you’re doing. No one is a fool but you! Shame on you! Thank God not all Drs & nurses are like you.

  28. I’m 33 weeks and I just lost my mucus plug! Reading about it makes me nervous. Should I go get checked just to make sure everything is okay?

  29. I’m 36 weeks and 6 days today is Friday I lost my mucus plug on
    Monday it was brownish like old blood and from that day
    Onwards I’m still getting brownish mucus discharge when I go to the loo, don’t know what to expect! 😥

    • Hi hun can you explain what it looks like I’m in my third pregnancy now I’m only 22 weeks an four days but this morning when I went to the toilet there was this clear thick jelly type looking discharge an I’m scared it may have been my mucasplug

  30. I am 39 weeks 4 days and I had cramps all last night in bed, got up to get a warm bath this morning to relax the cramps and as I was squatted down in the tub to screw in the drain stopper my mucas plug came right on out and down the drain it went. I tried to stop it with my hand because I wanted to make sure that that’s what I just seen that I wasn’t being crazy lol but it all happened so fast and with no warning I wasn’t even expecting it. But I am still having the cramps and back aches so hopefully that passing speeds up the process because this momma is tired and ready to meet my baby. This last week has drug by.

  31. I lost mine last Monday (Nov 14), it was was not just discharge. Definitely thick and jelly like and bigger in size. I was 34 weeks at the time. It’s one week later, 35 weeks now, nothing yet. Though I feel like I do have more cramps than usual in the past couple of days. Very light crams. Maybe it is from being a little bit constipated. But who knows.

  32. Ok. NURSE. First of all. Why is anyone gonna take you seriously, when your talking to everyone like we’re completely idiots. And really you laugh at us? I don’t see what’s professional about that at all? Not everybody has went to school for nursing, or to be a doctor or to learn every specific detail about giving birth. I see a tun of soon to be mother’s that are just worried for there babies safety. So how about get off your high horse. Be a grown up. And be professional

  33. I aren’t sure if i have definitely lost my mucus plug or not. I am currently 38+5 with my first pregnancy and last night passed a decent sized large gooey lump of clear/white/yellowish stuff similar look and consistency to the snot from your nose or throat when you have a cold. Since i have had mild tightenings and cramp like feelings which have been coming roughly 4/5 an hour. They have not got any more frequent but have got more painful. I have not lost any more of this snot like stuff or leaked any other sort of fluid. I live an hour away from my hospital and do not really want to be taking that drive if i do not have to. I just want to know if this sounds like it was my mucus plug and whether i need to be ringing my midwife and going to hospital to be checked or not.
    Thanks Emily.

  34. My mucus plug came out during sex with my first son at 35 weeks and three days later my water broke … mine was pure white and looked like I had orgasmed, it was painful and weird…. anyways just keep an eye out having sex in the third trimester. Anything can happen

  35. Im 38 weeks 5 days when to the doc on the 29th i was 2 cm n 75% effaced n just loss my mucus plug about 35 mins ago it was clear wit no bloody show or no water breaking wasnt havn any pain into now the pain is starting to come as if i was having menstrual cycle cramping my husband is scared n doesn’t want to go to work but i told him it can take hours or even days b4 r little one gets here !!!

    Has anybody else had is happen??

  36. Wow this was very informative! I’m on baby number 3 and that is exactly how my mucous plug looked with both my previous pregnancies. I’m 33 weeks and 4days today and have two preterm labor scares. I’ve recently started having bad lower middle back pain and the contractions are very irregular but stronger now when they do hit. Anyway I think I may be starting to lose some of my mucous plug I’m not sure because I’m use to it happening in one glob. But yesterday after wiping I seen what look like a string of clear jelly very thin and not blood tinged. Is it possible to lose parts of it at a time or is this something else entirely?

  37. I’m on my 3rd child. 40+1…. Just lost my plug except this time no trace of blood. With my first 2 I went into labor about an hour after the plug came out. I’m 3 centimeters dilated, just lost my lung

  38. I only 20 weeks and have been having a jelly like mucus along with small amounts of blood and my Dr said that was normal a d that I could have this through out the rest of my pregnancy but no paid. Or extra bleeding just wanted to see if y’all thought this was normal

  39. I am 32 weeks and lost a lot of mine if not all and my OBGYN doesn’t feel the need to even look and see what’s going on down there or anything. They say its unlikely I will go into labor anytime soon. But from everything I’ve read it could be in the next 2 weeks or so. This is my first baby and it bothers me that no one cares when I have mentioned the sharp pains and backaches I am getting now.

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