Mucus plug: function, appearance, finish – NetDoktor
Removal of the mucus plug – birth starts?
From the 38th week of pregnancy, the loosening of the mucus plug is a classic sign that the birth is imminent and that the opening phase will soon begin. As soon as a woman notices the passage, however, it can still take a few days for the first real contractions to set in. If the mucus plug has come off, you do not have to go to the hospital straight away. Only when you have experienced regular and painful contractions should you set off.
However, if the bleeding continues for a long time with a large amount of bright red, fresh blood, possibly associated with pain, you must not hesitate – go to a clinic immediately! Because then it may not be the drawing bleeding as an indication that the Mucus plug has come off, but under certain circumstances a premature placenta detachment (abruptio placentae).
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