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is bloody show necessary?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I can't remember if I had bloody show last time, and I don't know if it's necessary for the onset of "real" labor or not. Can anyone answer this?

Also, if you're dilated to, say 2cm, would your mucus plug already be gone? I forgot to ask the doc this.
post #2 of 14
I have never had bloody show. I never saw my mucus plug w/ ds, but with dd, I remember it came out all in one glop, about six hours into active labor - I was probably around 5 or 6 cm at the time.
post #3 of 14
I didn't have it with DS2.
post #4 of 14
The only one I remember it with is my 3rd child.
post #5 of 14
with DS#1 i didnt have any bloody show until my water broke. I dont really know if I lost my mucus plug with him either, although I was 3 1/2 cm when I went into labor with with him. With this pregnancy, I believe i lost my plug in a couple of slimy globs over a weeks time. I was only at a finger tip dialted, and am still only at 1 cm. I am 100% effaced though. So I think it is just different each and every time. No matter what it was like before or what it was like for anyone else.
post #6 of 14
I don't remember it with DD. I also don't remember losing the mucus plug.
post #7 of 14
Jumping in from Dec here... I only had a small amount with DD and none at all with both DS's. The boys were actually born 'in the caul' (amniotic sac), so no mess at all till the pushing stage
post #8 of 14
So far with 2 births I have never had bloody show and never seen my mucus plug...
post #9 of 14
Me either.
post #10 of 14
only had bloody show w/middle ds. just lost some plug prior w/this baby

nak
post #11 of 14
Never saw any with my first 2; saw a little bit with #3 AFTER early labor had already begun. So no, you don't *have* to see it, and I would also imagine it'd be easy to miss anyway (like if you went to the bathroom and it came out then in the toilet, you might not even notice, yk?)
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone. After dealing with these on-again off-again contrax and cramping episodes, I've finally come to the conclusion that all I can do is ignore them until they demand I pay attention.

Glad to know bloody show isn't necessary--b/c I didn't think it was. I really don't think I saw anything last time.
post #13 of 14
Nope, I've had three babies and never seen a mucuous plug, I keep wondering if I'd even know what it was! Also I've never seen any bloody show.
post #14 of 14
hehe, i was going to post this same question. i didn't have a plug or a bloody show. my ob told me to rush in if i had a bloody show... but i've never had one so how do i know if labor is near... obviously if my water breaks but any other signs.
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