All about the mucus plug in pregnant women
Just as the nose secretes mucus to protect against infection, so does the cervix of a pregnant woman. The mucus plug is a lump of thick mucus that clogs the cervical canal of the cervix throughout pregnancy to protect the uterus and fetus from bacteria. Before the birth, under the hormones, the cervix begins to open slightly and flatten, so the cork goes off by itself. In relation to this process, expectant mothers have a lot of questions, for example, what this mucus plug looks like, what to do after it comes out, how many births and many others will begin, to which we will respond.
How not to be mistaken?
What does mucus plug look like? She may be:
- clean or streaked with blood;
- white, yellowish, brownish, pink, greenish or generally consist of all these colors.
In principle, the appearance of the cork varies from woman to woman, and in most cases even one expectant mother will differ in her first and subsequent pregnancies. Many women notice that with multiparous mucus plug moves away a little earlier than usual. This is due to the fact that the cervix in mothers who gave birth is slightly ajar.
How to distinguish the cork from the leakage of amniotic fluid?
Why can the discharge be accompanied by blood?
By the end of pregnancy, the cervix begins to shorten and smooth out. This is necessary in order to fully open the way for the passage of the newborn. This disclosure is often accompanied by trauma to the small vessels in the cervix, so that the mucus plug can turn pinkish or brown in color, and also have blood streaks. This is normal and should not cause concern to the future mother.
What to do?
It is worth informing your gynecologist. This is not necessarily something dangerous, but it is necessary to exclude preterm labor, and for this to conduct a series of studies.
This is the norm and you should not immediately report this to the doctor. But mention this when you next visit the antenatal clinic.
Call your doctor right away if you have a bright red bleeding after a stopper has come out, this may be a sign of placenta previa or placental abruption.
Discharge of mucus plug before childbirth
If you have a cork or is currently moving away in small parts, this means preparing your body for the onset of labor.
Do not be discouraged if you have 40 weeks, and you have not yet lost the cork. Many women note that she departs directly during labor. Or perhaps the cork was small and left when you went to the bathroom so you did not notice it.
When will childbirth begin?
If you notice a discharge that is similar to a mucus plug, it means the onset of labor after a few hours, days, or even a couple of weeks.
If the cork is gone, does this mean that the child has a high chance of getting an infection?
No, the baby is still protected by amniotic membranes. If the water is not leaking and not moving, then the child is still safe in the womb.
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Mucus plug during pregnancy (photo). Discharge of mucus plug in primiparous
All future mothers know that the entrance to the uterus, where the future baby develops, is the cervix. Normally, the cervix is closed during pregnancy, which does not allow the baby to leave the mother’s womb prematurely on the one hand and reliably protects it from the penetration of foreign substances and infections on the other hand.
Additional protection is created by the so-called mucous (or generic) cork – a collection of mucus tightly covering the cervix, providing additional protection to the fetus. As the term of labor approaches, the estrogens secreted by the female body smooth the cervix, liquefy the mucus plug and it is excreted from the cervix naturally through the vagina.
With isthmic-cervical insufficiency (ICI), the mucus plug is virtually absent due to the fact that the cervix is in the ajar state.
What does a mucus plug look like?
The mucus plug has a viscous, viscous structure, which sometimes has the form of a rather dense lump. The color of the cork can vary from cloudy cream to rich beige, and the volume – up to 2 tablespoons.
In some cases, mucus plug during pregnancy (photo >>>) may contain small bloody inclusions (both individual streaks of blood, and slight daubing at the very end of menstruation), which is the norm and should not be a cause for concern. The appearance of bloody veins and daubs is explained by the fact that the dilution of the birth plug often coincides with the softening and the beginning of the opening of the cervix, which leads to damage to the small blood vessels in it.
Blood from the mucous membrane of the tube is a reason for immediate treatment to the doctor if:
- there is a significant amount of blood in the discharge;
- even if the amount of blood is small, but the blood has a bright scarlet color.
In such situations, it is safer for mother and baby not to wait for a planned visit to the obstetrician-gynecologist, but to urgently call an ambulance.
The discharge of mucus plug before childbirth. What should I do if a part of the mucus plug has come off?
The volume of mucus plug, the photo of which you can see in this article, can vary and be so insignificant that the fact that the mucus plug softened with estrogens escapes before giving birth can pass unnoticed by a woman. Sometimes the mucus plug moves off at a time, sometimes this process stretches for several days (that is, the plug mucus moves off in parts). However, it is worth remembering that the discharge of mucus plug, even in parts, in most cases suggests that the body is preparing for the process of childbirth, which can begin in the coming days or even hours. There are cases when the generic (mucous) cork leaves in the process of childbirth.
Discharge of mucus plug in primiparous. What to do if the mucus plug completely departed (generic plug)?
In most cases, the discharge of the birth plug does not require special actions on the part of the expectant mother. If the woman does not experience any disturbing symptoms (including those described above), then you can simply relax and continue to wait for the onset of labor. Consultation of the doctor will be needed even in the absence of disturbing symptoms if the mucus plug has departed earlier than 2 weeks before the expected date of birth.
Some experts do not recommend pregnant women to take a bath or bathe in water after a discharge of the mucus plug due to an increased risk of infection in the uterus.
The passage of mucus plug in multiparous (in the second and subsequent births) does not have specific features.
Why do not leak water?
Pregnancy is a miracle. And she brings a lot of new things into the life of a woman: new concepts, new mode, new sensations, new phenomena. These include, for example, mucus plug during pregnancy.
What is mucus plug?
As a rule, before pregnancy, no one thinks of such a phenomenon as a mucus plug, this is simply not necessary. Rather, women look forward to photos of pretty plump tummy, fear of toxicosis, looking forward to ultrasound.
But closer to the end of pregnancy, before childbirth, it bothers women much more. And not because it causes any inconvenience. No, rather, the situation is quite the opposite: the mucus plug during pregnancy is absolutely not felt at all, and one can guess its existence only at the moment when it has departed. And that only if the pregnant manages to notice this moment. Which is also not very simple.
Mucosa proca is one of several mechanisms for protecting the child and pregnant women from environmental influences. And, in fact, this is the very first barrier that separates the outside world and the world of an unborn child.
During ovulation, the entire body begins to prepare for the upcoming conception and pregnancy. This process does not go past the cervix. Already at this time, it is slightly softened, and its walls begin to produce a special mucous substance.
When fertilization occurs and the embryo is attached to the wall of the uterus, the body finally realizes that a miracle happened, that it is time to start taking care of the preservation of pregnancy, and accordingly responds to this information. One of the manifestations of this process and becomes mucous plug: a day after that, the mucous secretions thicken and block the entrance to the uterus.
She finally formed by the end of the first month of pregnancy. And she leaves when childbirth begins.
How, when and where?
The question of when the mucus plug comes off before the birth worries a lot of people. And to understand why this is happening is not so difficult.
On the one hand, cork discharge before childbirth is one of the three main, most important and reliable, precursors of childbirth. The two others are contractions and discharge of amniotic fluid.
On the other hand, in contrast to contractions and the outpouring of waters, which directly indicate the onset of labor, after a traffic jam goes away, childbirth can begin after an hour, and a day or a week later: according to doctors, it is considered normal if she departed 2 weeks before PDR or later. Therefore, it is difficult to say how much you will have to wait for childbirth after a traffic jam
It turns out that even if a pregnant woman has already departed, it does not mean that it is time for her to go to the hospital, but childbirth is not far off.
What does a traffic jam look like before delivery? It is clear that the photo of this phenomenon is not so easy to provide. In fact, it is a small clot of transparent mucus. It may be completely colorless or have a pale pink or yellowish tint. It may even be a small amount of blood, this is not all terrible.
The bloody streaks indicate only the rupture of the capillaries during the opening of the neck of the maca. If there is a lot of blood in the mucus, then a pregnant woman should consult a doctor, as this may indicate detachment of the placenta.
How does the traffic jam before delivery? Many are worried about what the future mother feels at this moment. Feelings may be similar to those visited by women during menstruation: pulling pain in the lower abdomen or the sacrum. She can move away during the morning toilet, for example, in the shower. In this case, a pregnant woman is unlikely to notice.
In other cases, not to notice this is quite difficult. Traces of mucus will necessarily remain on shorts or bed-clothes of a pregnant woman. Cork before birth can depart all in whole or in small fragments. Both are considered normal. From this point you can start the start of labor.
However, if the cork moves away, but there are no contractions, it is too early to worry. Perhaps in your case, the discharge is not caused by natural causes, but, for example, by a vaginal examination of a gynecologist. In this case, it may take some time for contractions.
The main thing during this period is more attention to personal hygiene: changing bedding and underwear more often, not swimming in a pool or ponds, and it is better to refrain from taking a bath, restrict yourself to a shower. Ate until now you continued to live sexually, now you will certainly have to give up on this. In this mode, live a pregnant woman will continue until the birth begins.
Do not be afraid, and the opposite situation: when childbirth begins, and the cork is still not moved. First, perhaps, in fact, she has long since departed, you just did not notice. Secondly, even if it is not, it will come out with the amniotic fluid just before the Roi. There is nothing wrong with that either.
When is it worth to see a doctor?
Cases that should not cause concern, we have listed. It remains to talk about those things that should alert the future mother. First, it is, of course, the presence of large amounts of blood in the mucus. Its presence may indicate detachment of the placenta, which is fraught with deterioration of the fetus.
Secondly, it is important to pay attention not only to what a cork looks like in pregnant women, but also on how much discharge from a woman before childbirth. In some cases, it takes leaking amniotic fluid.
However, in this case there will be more emissions. Moreover, they will never appear once, but constantly. Moreover, their number will increase when the pressure of the press, for example, during sneezing.
Thirdly, if the cork during pregnancy has departed earlier than 2 weeks before the breaded labor. This may be evidence that preterm labor begins. Therefore, it is very important to inform your doctor.
Thus, everything is important: how it looks, how much discharge takes place when it happens. If there are no alarming symptoms, do not worry in vain, better start preparing for childbirth and discharge from the maternity hospital: collect things and documents, buy, if you have not done so yet, an envelope for discharge, think about what you need to look good on photo from the statement.
How do labor pains occur?
I am very afraid to miss this moment, but I didn’t even know about the appearance of the traffic jam, thank you!
I got water from the house, I went to bed and then I felt as if my bone broke my abdomen, as if something had cracked, I got out of bed and liquid poured out (water began to drain), I never saw my cork lost somewhere
The hospital was taken today at four in the morning from the house in an ambulance with contractions a minute after two, the traffic jam began to depart at 10 in the morning after that contractions were reduced three times a minute per hour. Doctor corner home and change such that Mama Do not Cry! they themselves will not find it, but when you come up they say go and wait, and why wait the fig knows! childbirth first is not scary to give birth, but scary for the baby! how is she there !?
We wish you a good birth and the whole team, and we hope that everything will be great with you and the baby!
The term set February 8. In the hospital went today, the 5th. In the evening the cork came off. Worried. Maybe I’ll start giving birth at night …
- What to do if the cork came off, the main question is when to give birth?
Hello, dear future mothers! Very soon you can be congratulated on the birth of the baby, but for now let’s look at what could have alerted and disturbed you. It will be about such features as a cork before delivery.
Cork before giving birth? Is it really her or not? Can not understand yet? Do not worry, first of all, calm down, make yourself, for example, a cup of green tea and just calmly read this material to the end.
It is not necessary in a panic to grab the packages that you have prepared for the hospital, call an ambulance, or rush to the hospital yourself. Wait … well, of course, if you have not started labor pains or have not moved the water.
Why do I need a mucus plug during pregnancy, and how to recognize it? ^
With the beginning of pregnancy in the body begin to produce certain hormones that contribute to the formation of mucus plug. In addition, together with them, the glands of the uterus form a certain mucus, which is collected in a lump and closes the entrance to the uterus.
It was in this way that nature took care of the maximum protection of the future baby from the penetration of various infections throughout pregnancy. Surprisingly, however, how everything is thought out in advance in our body!
The cork discharge before birth is considered one of the main harbingers of childbirth and well-read future mothers try to be as careful as possible so as not to miss this moment.
What does a traffic jam look like before delivery, and how to understand that it came out? At once we will say that the cork can move away in different ways. In some pregnant women, the stopper moves away in one tight lump of mucus, in which you can examine the streaks of blood. In other parts, then the expectant mother can simply pay attention to the appearance of mucous discharge on her underwear.
Cork color is most often transparent with blood veins. But in view of the individual characteristics of each pregnant woman, the color can also be brown, white, yellowish – all this is within the normal range.
Blood in the cork appears due to the fact that the cervix begins to prepare for childbirth and gradually opens up, blood vessels burst on its surface and blood enters the vagina, mixing with the cork that the cervix begins to push.
Important! Please note that the mucus plug before delivery should not have an odor and bleeding should not be too much. Also, if suddenly the cork has moved away and its color is green, you need to go to the hospital faster. The green color of the plug can be a signal of hypoxia. Therefore, be careful.
What to do if the cork came off, the main question is when to give birth? ^
Now, when it became clear to you what a cork looks like, and you can say that it has already departed from you, let’s proceed to the main question – has the cork gone when to give birth? In general, the duration of cervical dilatation may be different.
Some pregnant women may even have a cork 1-2 weeks before giving birth, others may have a few hours before labor contractions, while others still have a cork when they are already starting to give birth. It often happens that in the latter case the woman does not notice the moment of discharge of the mucus plug.
Of course, if you notice any discharge in the last month of pregnancy and at the same time do not experience any discomfort, you must inform the doctor. If you are not sure of your assumptions about the expense of the cork discharge, you should also go for a visit to your gynecologist.
What to do after the stopper has come off when giving birth:
- keep calm, continue to live a normal life;
- be sure to monitor your hygiene more carefully;
- do not take a bath, now only a shower;
- you can have sex with your husband, but only with a condom, even if you are sure that he is healthy;
- Do not worry about the fact that now your baby is not protected by a stopper until the water has departed and the baby in the fetal bladder is not in danger.
And of course, gather in the hospital. Practice shows that if the cork has departed, it means that soon you will give birth. Check again prepared for the hospital things for yourself and the baby, the documents and wait.
In itself, the passage of mucus plug does not say anything, there are a number of other more significant signs of the onset of labor, which need to be guided in the first place. This is the beginning of regular contractions and the discharge of amniotic fluid.
Preparatory procedures before childbirth
Let your childbirth be easy, and the tot will be born healthy.
Photo and video: If a cork has moved away, does it mean giving birth soon?
Mucous plug during pregnancy: for those who are waiting and for those who have waited
Before pregnancy, most girls have little idea how to bear and give birth to a baby. That is, they, of course, can imagine themselves with a pretty round tummy, but they have very little idea about many physiological points.
For example, what is a mucus plug during pregnancy and why it is needed, and most importantly, why everyone cares so much when it leaves. Of course, it starts to worry all future mothers closer to the end of pregnancy, and then doctors hear numerous questions: “I have a 38-week pregnancy, the cork has come off, what to do?” Or “What if I don’t notice when the cork comes off?” “. Yes, and, having heard a lot of different stories, women begin to worry about what to do if the cork goes away, and the birth does not start … Let’s take everything in order.
What is a cork during pregnancy?
The mucus plug is a bunch of viscous mucus, similar to the protein of a raw egg that forms in pregnant women in the cervix. Cork is formed under the influence of hormones at about the end of 1 month of pregnancy, when the ovum is implanted in the uterus: at this time, the cervix softens, swells and is filled with cervical mucus produced by the cells of the cervix. With each ovulation, it thickens, forming a dense enough clot that clogs the entrance to the uterus.
The mucus plug during pregnancy, like everything else in nature, has its own function: it protects a woman’s body (which is very vulnerable during this period!) from various infections in it, for example, when swimming in a pond.
However, at the end of pregnancy in the woman’s body, the hormone estrogen is actively produced, under the influence of which the mucus softens, and the stopper goes up by itself before delivery – women who have given birth know that this is a signal that the birth process enters the active phase.
The discharge of the cork can be stimulated not only by natural hormonal causes, but also by vaginal examinations of the gynecologist – the uterus responds with a smooth muscle tone, pushing the cork out. And she can come out as one gel viscous clot or a piece of about 1-2 tablespoons (or 1.5 cm in diameter), and gradually, over several days, in the form of spotting, similar to the beginning or end of menstruation.
What does a traffic jam look like before delivery? Sometimes it is quite difficult to distinguish it from ordinary vaginal discharge, because both its viscosity and color can vary. Usually mucus has yellowish, pinkish color or generally colorless. Women giving birth say mucus plug like jelly or jellyfish.
There may be streaks of blood in it (there is nothing wrong with that, blood appears in a traffic jam from rupture of capillaries bursting with pressure when opening the uterus), but if you see in a traffic jam not just blood-stained streaks, but rather a noticeable amount of blood – this can be a sign exfoliation of the placenta. In any case, it is better to consult a doctor, especially if the cork during pregnancy has departed much earlier.
How does the traffic jam before delivery
By the way, how long should a traffic jam go before delivery? The question is, of course, an individual one: you may not even notice this moment, because she will leave before the birth together with the amniotic fluid, or perhaps the cork will go away beforehand (this is why some women have a question whether the traffic jam always leaves before the birth) . Doctors believe that, normally, a cork during pregnancy should go not earlier than 2 weeks before the due date of delivery.
Cork discharge is one of the three main harbingers of childbirth, along with increasing regular contractions and outpouring of amniotic fluid. But, as you already understood, it can take several hours or several days from the moment the cork comes to birth. In any case, you need to inform your obstetrician-gynecologist about this – you will be examined and, possibly, immediately placed in the prenatal ward.
Most often, the cork during pregnancy departs during the morning shower or going to the toilet: you may not even have time to see anything, but feel something come out of the vagina. If this happens in another situation, you will definitely notice whitish, yellowish, pinkish or beige mucus on the linen or sheet.
Stopped during pregnancy: what to do?
And yet, how does the stopper go before birth? Determining this is not always easy, so a woman is better guided by her own feelings. If you have a long time and you should give birth soon, pay attention if you suddenly feel weak pain jolts, some kind of tension and pulling pain in the abdomen. This is how women in labor describe the process of stopping a stopper before childbirth. After that, aching and nagging pains are possible, similar to those that usually accompany menstruation. Usually these pains smoothly pass into contractions. Then this is the beginning of labor activity.
But it makes no sense to rush to the maternity hospital: make sure the intensity and regularity of contractions – when the interval between them is reduced to 10 minutes, then you can already go. And until the interval between contractions is longer, they themselves are not too intense and do not cause much discomfort for the future mom – you don’t need to hurry, get better prepared for the hospital, for example, make sure things are collected, check all important documents, take a warm shower.
Only no bath, Remember – since the moment when the cork came out during pregnancy, it becomes more difficult for your body to resist infection of the birth canal (by the way, one of the arguments of opponents of birth in water). But this does not mean that your baby is now defenseless!
After all, he also has an amniotic bladder, which, among others, also performs a protective function. Therefore, if the cork is already gone, and childbirth has not yet begun – there is nothing wrong with that, you just can’t bathe in a bath, pool or pond and should take personal hygiene more carefully, change bedding and bedding more often.
If you, even at such a late date, did not give up intimate life, after the discharge of the cork, this will have to be done, because the infection can easily get from the vagina into the uterus. Therefore, in case of a cork discharge during pregnancy, you should not fuss and panic: you have time to properly prepare and tune in, get together, instruct your relatives.
When do I need to see a doctor?
Lacking cork before childbirth is not a reason to run to a gynecologist. This does not mean that all this time you have been deprived of a barrier that protects the fetus from infection in your womb. Most likely, she still came out, but you simply did not notice. And even if it did not come out, it will come out together with the amniotic fluid or already in the process of childbirth.
The situation is more serious if you think that the cork has already moved away, but in fact the amniotic fluid has moved, which normally are absolutely transparent and colorless, and the consistency is much thinner than the mucus plug during pregnancy. We described in detail the sensations during the discharge of the cork above, and here is what characterizes amniotic leakage (amniotic fluid)?
This happens relatively constantly, and the amount of discharge increases with any pressure on the press, for example, coughing. To avoid possible complications during pregnancy, you must report your condition to the doctor.
Also, the reason to be wary is the discharge of the cork. earlier than 2 weeks before the prescribed by the doctor during the examination by ultrasound of the term of labor. Perhaps this is premature birth, perhaps – placental abruption, in any case, you can not pull for a long time, you need to go to the hospital.
Another reason to consult with doctors is a copious mucus of liquid consistency, with a lot of bright red blood: normally, the discharge of the plug before birth is not accompanied bleeding.
By the way, during the pregnancy, inform the doctor about all the secretions, including the discharge of the cork – this will help to track the course of the pregnancy and clarify the expected date of birth.
Now, when you already know a lot about the mucus plug during pregnancy, you, firstly, will not confuse it with anything, secondly, you will surely know what to do if the traffic jam has already departed, and thirdly, you will not panic and nervous.
Do not forget that childbirth is a natural, natural process, and a woman’s body will definitely cope with such a difficult and responsible task!