What does it mean to lose your mucus plug?
A thick clump of mucus forms at the cervix during pregnancy. When the cervix begins to dilate (open) several days before labor begins or at the start of labor, this plug is pushed into the vagina. When this happens you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge that’s clear, pink, or slightly bloody. Some women expel the entire mucus plug.
See How to Tell When Labor Begins to learn more about signs of labor.
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Published: October 2020
Last reviewed: October 2020
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