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#1 of 12 Old 08-15-2008, 12:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Pretty sure I lost my mucus plug this evening. I am 35 weeks and roughly 3 days? Should I be concerned about labor beginning soon? I've heard it can be a few weeks before labor, or a couple days...

W/ our first child, I never recognized losing it, so I don't really know. Our first dc was born at about 39 weeks.

Any good info on this?
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I lost my mucus plug with #1 during labor. I'm not sure with #2.

I do know that many, many mamas will step in here and say that mucus plug loss is never indicitive of labor. AND it can regenerate.
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I had a thread about this a couple days ago (entitled "snot") and the consensus seemed to be "don't worry unless you have contractions." It can regenerate.
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I do know that many, many mamas will step in here and say that mucus plug loss is never indicitive of labor. AND it can regenerate.
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I heard that as well, about the contractions, but i am not sure as I don't really know!

What should it look like? I am guessing it is not white mucous and should be different-looking? Also, can it just fall apart as well bit by bit or is it usually all at once?

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My MIL lost her mucus plug when she was pregnant with my husband on Aug. 8 and he wasn't born until Aug. 22.
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When I lost it with my 2nd babe, it really just looked like a huge wad of snot... lol... It can be lost bit by bit, or all at once.. just depends

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you know that I've had 4 babies already and I don't know if I've ever seen it??? Maybe mine came out when labor had already started. Don't know. What I'm curious about is if the mucus plug can still be there even if a mama is somewhat dialated before labor starts. I usually have been about 2 cm dialated before labor starts and I don't know if the plug can stay put with the cervix open that much. Anyone know?
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I think so. With my 1st I was 3-4cm dilated in early labor and I lost my plug, or part of it, about 6 hours later I think.
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I start looking for mine at around 38 weeks, which is why I think I've always been cognizant of the fact I've lost it. It's a big glob of blood tinged mucous...comes out (for me) over the course of a couple of visits to the bathroom. With #1 I lost it and labor began within an hour or two. With #2, I lost it and didn't go into labor for a couple of days. And I was walking around at 4 cm dilated! This time, since I'm so far from the hospital, I'm going to use it as an indicator that it's time to go hang out at my mom's house. If she had her way, I'd be there from 38 weeks on. But I can't imagine anything more disruptive to my mental state or my family life!
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I remember it being blood tinged and real thick and gooey. I keep looking for mine every time i wipe....but like others said it really doesnt mean much as baby will come when they are ready. But i know it's exciteing when it does happen.

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With this being my 4th baby, I have never seen my mucus plug. I am jelouse of yall. hehe. I'm usualy dialated to a 3-4 before going into labor so it baffles me that I have never seen it. I have never had a dr tell me it was there or gone either.

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