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do you have to lose your mucus plug

(21 Posts)
themumfairy Fri 08-Jan-16 22:34:22

Before labour starts?
I'm having regular period type pain every 10-15 mins apart and lasting about a minute. I haven't lost my plug yet so could this be labour?

Wolfiefan Fri 08-Jan-16 22:35:22

I have had two children and never lost an obvious plug before labour started.
Good luck.

Junosmum Fri 08-Jan-16 23:09:48

I lost mine when I was 4cm dialated!

Illyillyilly Fri 08-Jan-16 23:15:43

I never did before labour started.

TommyandGina Fri 08-Jan-16 23:17:06

The hospital removed mine when I was 5cm and they had to break my waters

CointreauVersial Fri 08-Jan-16 23:18:24

Never saw any of mine, and I have had three labours.

ThreeFrazzledFandangos Fri 08-Jan-16 23:21:22

Mines came out 24 hours into induction along with my waters

UptownFunk00 Fri 08-Jan-16 23:25:21

Not always sometimes it comes out during labour like the waters.

Equally sometimes it comes out in little bits over weeks and you don't even notice it.

I'd take it that it's most likely contractions and watch this space. smile

goldglittershitter Fri 08-Jan-16 23:28:04

Sorry to digress with a silly question but what happens to it if u have a c-section? Is it still in there? confused

middlings Fri 08-Jan-16 23:35:15

Didn't lose it with either DD!

UptownFunk00 Sat 09-Jan-16 00:11:18

Go I guess it gets sucked up by that vacuum thing they take the amniotic fluid out with? Not sure.

lucymootoo Sat 09-Jan-16 00:13:38

I didn't notice mines going

Gunting Sat 09-Jan-16 00:15:46

I got to 9cm at home and didn't see a mucus plug

Runningupthathill82 Sat 09-Jan-16 06:41:07

Never saw a mucus plug in my previous labour. Good luck!

oneangrydwarf Sat 09-Jan-16 06:45:12

First labour I lost it as the contractions started, second labour I never saw it. I wouldn't expect it and sounds like you are in labour, good luck!

MrsJK Sat 09-Jan-16 08:15:09

Any update OP? smile

Elfishpresley Sat 09-Jan-16 08:37:06

My waters broke then my contractions were two minutes apart for the following 24 hours, during that time I don't recall losing my mucus plug.

Whoknewitcouldbeso Sat 09-Jan-16 08:40:24

I never lost my plug before labour, my waters also had to be broken by the midwife when I was labouring.

themumfairy Sat 09-Jan-16 08:59:37

Thanks for all your replies. They continued until 1am ish and died off angry I'm hoping they resume today but I've got a feeling baby is playing tricks. I'll keep you updated if they restart. I suppose I could on for days like this. Although this is baby #3 I've never had labour start on its own so it's all new.

themumfairy Sat 09-Jan-16 09:58:32

I've pottered about the house for a bit and had loose bowels. Not completely diarrhea but seeing as I've been so constipated it's definitely loose. I'm hoping this is another sign and not my body playing more tricks. Sorry for the tmi but who else could I talk about bowels too over breakfast grin

Saphwoodman Sat 09-Jan-16 11:53:32

Mine came out from 22 weeks onwards. Had him at 33 weeks due to ruptured membranes. Any time I called my midwife about mucus plug coming out she just said it was normal and that it grows back anyway

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