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Is there a difference? I woke up at 5am this morning with some crampy contractions around 10 mins apart and some pinkish jelly-like discharge. Contractions are still going at around the same rate and intensity, I'm still bleeding (sometimes pink sometimes red, but not a lot), but it all feels like not much so far. But is it the beginning maybe?<br><br>
I'm scared to tell DH because he's stressing out with work already and I don't want to freak him out unnecessarily if this is nothing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I read that you can lose your mucus plus a week or so before real labour begins... so I'm just wondering whether this is what's going on, or what?!
 

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Oooh, I'm just dying for an answer. I think I'll crosspost on the main preg board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't know if there is a difference - I am -thinking- that they call it bloody show if it is pinkish, but the mucus plug can be pinkish too, right? So yeah I think it's different terms for the same thing, but I could be wrong. Still the fact that you're still having some bleeding sounds like it could indeed be the beginning! Again, I could be wrong, but either way, good luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Hopefully someone else has some more definitive answers for ya.
 

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what sort of care giver do you have? Could you call w/out being pressured to go in? i've always thought that they were the one and the same, but now i feel unsure. I'm really curious too....mcs
 

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I have a midwife... I could call her and I'm pretty sure she'd just tell me just wait it out and see what happens. I'm going to see what my contractions do as the day progresses and call her if they develop into anything.
 

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The mucous plug is the glob of mucous that is inside the cervical opening to help keep things out during pregnancy. BLoody show is when you get pink or blood tinged mucous or small amounts of bloody discharge. It is b/c there are so many tiny blood vessels in your cervix and as it dilates those vessels can break, causing the bloody show. So, you can have them both together, or seperately. I lost my plug a few weeks before labor with #1, but had bloody show from about 4cm on. You are most likely dilating right now and that's causing the blood.
 

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Definitely some cervical changes going on with you! How exciting!<br><br>
Watch the contraction intensity and frequency and call dh if things get more intense.<br><br>
Thinking of you!
 

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I was about to post on htis same topic. My understanding is that they are thew same basic event, but some women lose their mucos plug and it is not pinkish. The ones who lose it and it is pinkish are called a bloody show.<br><br>
I wanted get some other womens experiences with this. I don't remember when I lost mine with ds. But I definately lost mine yesterday afternoon. I know it could mean labor is starting soon or it could still be weeks away. I wanted other mamas to post when they lost there's in relationship to past labors.
 

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I believe the mucas plug and bloody show are one in the same! Could be wrong but I think bloody show is another way to say mucas plug! Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I guess I'm wondering if you lose your plug but there's no blood is there a difference between that and losing your plug with blood? Like does one indicate that labour will start sooner than the other or can you have bloody show for weeks and weeks?
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I guess I'm wondering if you lose your plug but there's no blood is there a difference between that and losing your plug with blood? Like does one indicate that labour will start sooner than the other or can you have bloody show for weeks and weeks?</td>
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I don't know the answer to that, but I hope there is no difference because I really want labor to go ahead and start and my mucos plug did not have any blood tinge to it.<br><br>
ETA : I'm really trying not to be impatient but you can see it isn't working.
 

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I don't know if there's a difference... I don't think it's normally bloody earlier on in dilation. But it could vary, like everything else. I wish I could stop checking the TP. :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br>
I know it doesn't mean a whole lot but I would like to know something was opening up there.
 

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Funny, I was going to post almost the exact same question! I lost my mucous plug this morning. Mine had no pink or red tinge at all. It looked like plain gelatin, actually, sorry if TMI! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I am 4 days past my due date and desperate for something to happen! This is the first time Ive posted in the June club but I saw the title and couldn't resist. Who knows, this baby could be born in June, if it doesn't get moving soon.
 

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I know you can lose your mucous plug and not necessarily go into labor for days or weeks. But I thought if you had bloody show it meant labor was starting. Hopefully someone knows for sure<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, I think I've convinced myself that the earlier jelly-like stuff was the mucus plug and the stuff now is bloody show. But contractions are still pretty short and not intense, though I guess the fact that I'm still having them means something.<br><br>
They seem stronger when I stand up. Makes me want to go lie down. But I'm hungry and want to go make a pizza! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It's funny... I was talking to my mw about how all the women on the boards I read were talking about the full moon last week and she told me that even more than the full moon, storms and other strange weather patterns send women into labour. Well, just five minutes ago there was a <b>huge</b> peal of thunder. Maybe that's what's going on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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