Everything you need to know about the mucus plug during pregnancy

What is a mucus plug exactly? How does it look, and what should you do when it comes out? Here is all the information you need about the mucus plug and its significance during pregnancy.

Jenny Jansson

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Verified by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

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One of the exciting and sometimes confusing events during pregnancy is the release of the mucus plug. Many mistakenly believe that it is a clear sign that labor is imminent, but it is essential to understand that it is not always the case. Now, let's take a closer look at the mucus plug and what actually happens when it "goes."

What is a mucus plug, and how does it look?

A mucus plug is a jelly-like mass of thick mucus that forms in the cervix during pregnancy. Its main purpose is to protect the uterus from bacteria and infections. The mucus plug acts as a natural barrier, preventing harmful substances from entering the uterus and reaching the fetus.

The mucus plug can vary in size, color, and consistency in different ways. For pregnant women, it can appear in various shades, ranging from transparent or whitish with a bit of blood to yellowish, brownish, or even blood-tinged. It is important to remember that the color of the mucus plug does not always indicate something serious. It can be a completely natural variation and does not necessarily mean that something is wrong.

What should I do when the mucus plug comes out?

When the mucus plug comes out or is discharged, it may indicate that labor is approaching, but it does not mean that it is time to immediately go to the delivery room. It is important to remember that each pregnancy is unique, and labor can take varying amounts of time after the mucus plug is released.

After the mucus plug comes out, it is normal to experience an increased amount of mucus or a small amount of bleeding. It may also be possible to feel contractions or a sense of heaviness in the pelvis. However, it is important to note that it is not always an immediate start of labor, and it can take several days or weeks before active labor begins.

Jenny Jansson

Verified by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife


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