i'll be 34 weeks tomorrow. anywho, yesterday i lost the rest of my mucus plug. i usually lose it little by little and it rebuilds itself but this time there was blood in it *gulp* this is baby number four and the first time i actually lost the whole plug. i don't go in until the 2nd. i've never had a baby go past 38w. how long after you lose your plug do you go into labor. or does it really have nothing to do with that. i have contractions all the time but non are consistant so i'm not concerned. i don't really want to go in if i don't have to, my hospital easily throws you on a high risk list for nothing. i would prefer not to join the list. any advice is greatly appreciated.
Jarrod & Nataleigh Est. 2004 DD Jayde 2005 DS William 2007 DD Lilleigh 2008 DS Edward 2010 DS Mikah 2012 Due July 2013
Generally if there's blood, it indicates cervical change. The mucous plug can regenerate itself multiple times, so losing it isn't a reliable indicator of impending labor, but seeing blood is a reliable indicator of cervical change. Whether that change will continue or is just a little bit of softening and opening...that's the question. You might put in a call to the doc just to see what his/her opinion is on it.
If it were me, I'd probably be inclined to go in if I had contractions and maybe let them check for cervical change at my next appointment if I weren't having any contractions, but preterm labor is really nothing to shake a stick at and being cautious is a good idea.
Charlotte, midwife to some awesome women, wife to Jason, and no longer a mama to all boys S ('01), A ('03) S ('08) and L ('10).
Ok, TMI... but I actually lost part of my plug and it was just a *tiny* bit pink, but that was after sex, and I'm 35 weeks. Is it possible that's what did it?
I know you're worried about going early, but I wouldn't go in until I was actually having contractions that concerned me. If nothing happens, maybe let them check for changes at your next appt. But try not to stress.