Shortly after conception, progesterone causes cervical mucus to become denser, thicker, and more acidic, forming the mucus plug.
The main symptom of the mucus plug falling out is the sudden appearance of blood tinged mucus.
Some people experience labor symptoms, such as contractions, when this happens.
How do you know if you are losing your mucus plug?
Many women experience vaginal discharge throughout pregnancy, so it can be difficult to determine when the mucus plug has been released from the cervix. However, a mucus plug can appear stringy or thick and jelly-like, unlike typical vaginal discharge. The mucus plug may also be clear, pink, or slightly bloody.
Does it hurt when you lose your mucus plug?
Losing your mucus plug means your body is preparing for delivery, but it’s important to also pay attention to what else is going on. If you’re 38 weeks pregnant or farther and the loss of your mucus plug is accompanied by labor pain, contractions or your water breaking, it’s go time!
What does a mucus plug look like?
For some women, the mucus plug comes out all at once. “It looks like a stretchy glob, similar to what may come out of your nose,” says Dr. Ward. “It can be clear, yellowish white, beige, brown or pink, or tinged with red or brown streaks of blood.”
How long after losing your mucus plug Do you go into labor?
Passing of the Mucus Plug
The mucus plug accumulates at the cervix during pregnancy. When the cervix begins to open wider, the mucus is discharged into the vagina and may be clear, pink, or slightly bloody. Labor may begin soon after the mucus plug is discharged or one to two weeks later.