Let's talk about the Mucus Plug
A mucus plug blocks the opening of your cervix during pregnancy. It forms a seal to prevent bacteria and infection from getting into your uterus and reaching your baby. Think of it as a barrier between your vagina and your uterus where your baby is.
As your cervix prepares for labor, you will lose the mucus plug. This is a normal and common symptom in late pregnancy (usually from 37 weeks onward).
If you lose your mucus plug sooner than 37 weeks of pregnancy, contact your healthcare provider as a precaution.
What does mucus plug discharge look like?
The look, size and texture will vary. The mucus plug is usually:
Clear, off-white or slightly bloody (red, brown or pink) in color.
Stringy, sticky and jelly-like in texture.
3 to 5cm in length.
1 to 2 tablespoons in volume.
You may lose your mucus plug in one glob or you may lose it gradually over time and never notice it.
A small amount of blood is common, but severe bleeding may be a sign of placental abruption, placenta previa or other pregnancy complications. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice heavy bleeding during pregnancy.
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