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Losing your Mucus Plug 

Reaching the end of your pregnancy and looking for a sign that labor is near? Losing your mucus plug can be a sign of impending labor, although the time between losing your mucus plug and going into labor may vary from days for some women to weeks for others. 

A mucus plug forms in the cervix early in your pregnancy to protect your baby in the uterus by blocking bacteria and infection from entering. As your cervix prepares for labor by becoming dilated and effaced (opening or thinning), it can cause you to lose your mucus plug. You may notice this while going to the bathroom or you may not notice it at all. 

Most women don’t lose their mucus plug until after 37 weeks of pregnancy, and some women don’t lose it until they’re in labor. Cleveland Clinic describes the appearance of your mucus plus as: 

  • Clear, off-white or slightly bloody (red, brown or pink) in color. 
  • Stringy, sticky and jelly-like in texture. 
  • 1 to 2 inches in length. 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons in volume. 
  • Relatively odorless. 

There are other signs that may indicate you are in labor, like contractions or your water breaking. Be sure to contact your Women’s Care ob-gyn if you think you are experiencing any signs of labor, or if you believe you’ve lost your mucus plug prior to the 37th week of pregnancy.