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I've been having mild contractions off and on for a little over a week, many feel like strong menstrual cramps, getting lots of lower back aching, some upper thigh aching, and boy is this baby low! She was engaged at 36 weeks, I will be 39 wks tomorrow, and I think she has moved down more.
This is not about me being in a hurry to go into labor and have the baby. Basically I'm just wondering how common it is to go into labor without losing the plug. I know these prelabor signs could last at least another week.
I *did* have some snotty looking discharge a little at a time over a period of a week and a half. There was always some there when I went to the bathroom, but not huge globs of it...could that have been it?
 

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Never lost my mucous plug prior to the start of labor.
 

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Just seconding and thirding the ops.
I never saw a bit of my mucous plug. I woke up on my due date, my water broke shortly after I got out of bed, and my sweet Mylo was born five hours later. I would say that the snotty discharge you saw surely could have been your plug.

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I never noticed that I lost the plug and I am sure that I would have noticed if I had.. also, my water did not break until about 40 min. before ds was born and by that time I was in a birthing tub and never actually saw or felt them break.
 

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lost mine right before it was time to push

waters never broke either

was at 2 cm for 2 weeks, in active labor for 29 hours, and pushed for 5 minutes

no labors are alike and they all have their quirks

my neighbor lost her plug 4 weeks before having baby...
 

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well with dd#1 i lost it the night before i went in to labor. I lost it on a Sunday night it freaked me out I had no clue what it was and called labor and delivery lol. they told me what it was. then i went into labor with daughter that mondya morning at 7 am and with my sec daughter i like you think i lost a bit at a time for a week and half. But i cant be sure on that she was also 16 days late and induced LOL. so you just never know i guess but i think that it could of been. Good luck.
 

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I don't remember losing it with my first, but with the last one I lost it the day before I went into labor. It was intresting. It was this large slimey thing and it just kept coming.
Although I was pretty excited about its arrival.
 
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