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Q. What is a mucus plug? How long after you lose it do you expect to go
into labour (second pregancy)?
A. Your mucous plug is a portion of mucous that forms in the neck of the cervix to hlep protect your baby during pregnancy from infections, etc. As your cervix begins to open and thin for labor the mucous plug can dislodge.
This can be in one solid chunk, just seen as an increase in discharge. It can also be tinged with blood or contain pink or brown discharge.
Once you lose your mucous plug, while it means that things are under way, it can be anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks before the baby will arrive. Just remember it's a step in the right diretcion.
Cyndi Klausing, RN, ACCE, has been a childbirth educator
counselor for over 18
years. She currently
works as a newborn
nursery nurse and is
the mother of four
Cyndi will answer your questions on fertility, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and babies. Her advice does not take the place of your practitioner. Personal answers will not always be possible.
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