Hey y’all! If we haven’t met, my name is Sarah! I am a Mama to 3 girls (twins and a singleton) ages 4.5, 4.5, and 2 and I am also a labor and delivery nurse of 7+ years. I delivered my twins via c-section and my singleton via VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) so I have a good deal of labor experience under my belt and love to share advice/tips/and tricks with you all! As always feel free to leave questions in the comments below or find me on Instagram @Deliveringmotherhood and shoot me a DM! I love to hear from y’all!
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Today we are chatting all about the lovely Mucus Plug! So what the heck is it?
Well basically exactly like it sounds, it’s a big blob of mucus that plugs up the opening to your uterus (your cervix) almost like a cork, and it helps protect your baby during pregnancy.
A lot of women lose their mucus plug towards the end of pregnancy (cue party time!). For some it comes out in a big blob, for some it comes out in pieces, for some you may not even notice it because it is mixed in with all of the other lovely increases in discharge that occur towards the end of pregnancy. It honestly looks a lot like thick snot and might be clear, white, yellowish, or even have a brown/red blood tinge, but any of that is normal.
But does this mean the baby is coming??
Well, maybe…I wish the answer was black and white for you but it’s just not. Losing your plug could be happening because your cervix is softening and shortening which means labor is nearing and your body is doing everything it’s supposed to do to prepare (yay!). So possibly labor could be hours or days (or weeks…) away! If you’re close to your due date and you’ve been having some Braxton hicks contractions (the practice ones) and you happen to notice you have lost your mucus plug, then great! Hopefully it’s baby time soon. Now do you need to rush to the hospital? Definitely not. Do you need to bring your mucus plug in a baggy to show the nurses? Definitely not (trust me we’ve seen it).
Fun fact: Your mucus plug can actually regenerate! So if you’re not close to your due date and happen to notice you’ve lost some mucus, no worries. Those lovely hormones that your pregnancy is causing will allow your body to make a new mucus plug!
And what about my baby if I lose my plug? Is it no longer protected?
No worries, Mama! As long as your water hasn’t broken than the bag of waters will continue to protect your little one from bacteria. And if you’re water does break, great! Head on into the hospital, but otherwise, just losing the plug is not a reason to come in.
Any other mucus or labor or pregnancy or really any questions at all, drop them below! Happy Laboring, Mamas!
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