Gradually losing mucous plug?

posted 2 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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1785 posts
Buzzing bee

Have no idea what “eating dates” has to do with anything but I never had a discernible mucous plug and never went into labor. 

This is a great topic to discuss with your OB.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I lost mine over a period of a few weeks with my first child. Each time, I couldn’t believe there was more to it (gross, I know).

I never saw it with my second.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yes. Mine is 10 weeks old and with him I gradually lost my mucus plug starting more than a week before he was born. At one point I freaked out and went to ER because it was mixed with bright red blood.  Turned out to be nothing.

Oh I still was induced though. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Your mucus plug can grow back, so even if you lose it it doesn’t guarantee anything.  Could be though, I guess you can get checked today and see.  I would just keep eating the dates at hope for the best.  You can try all the stuff like walking but it never did anything for me my first pregnancy I was still induced.  I did eat dates the second time but I don’t think I started them early enough and really didn’t do anything else special (since none of it worked the first time) but I went into labor 40+5

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I noticed losing parts of mine twice.  Not sure when that was.  I walked for two hours and then took a two hour nap the day I went into labor (40wk 3d).  good luck going into labor on your own!! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I lost mine over the span of a week with both pregnancies. Still induced both times. I think this is one of those things that can either mean it’s baby time or it could mean nothing. Just have to wait and see. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

ann.reid.9277 :  there are intitial/emerging evidence that eating 6 dates a day from weeks 36+ helps to aid in a faster spontaneous labor with fewer interventions. No RCTs yet to confirm, but the research/intitial studies are promising. Often care providers will encourage patients to eat dates, red raspberry leaf tea (also promising as evidence-based indications it helps tone the uterus), etc a few weeks before the due date. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

ann.reid.9277 :  wow. This was super helpful. Thanks for commenting!

Dates are thought to cause cervical ripening. I won’t go as far as to say it’s a fact, because I haven’t read up on it, but it’s been written about in medical journals.

There are some things people post that need to be discussed with a care provider. The OP seemed to just be looking for others experiences. That’s kind of what this community is for. Feel free not to post next time.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

giaf1 :  I lost mine in two parts, probably about an hour or so apart, but I’d already started having contractions. My water broke about 10 minutes after the second, larger piece.

Post # 11
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2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I lost a lot of mine in one huge chunk about 12 hours before my water broke. I was 4cm with bulging bag the day before. I also ate lots of dates from week 36 on – they said my cervix was extremely soft!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I lost mine minutes after my water broke…I guess there is a big range of normal. My sil lost hers weeks before her water broke. I hope you go into labor soon!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

giaf1 :  I lost mine in early labor. I was in the tub at home and it was very obvious. Please keep in mind your due date is really a range. It is completely normal for babies (especially first babies) to arrive days or even a week or more after the due date. There is really no reason to think you will need to be induced if you are still pregnant on your due date. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yep to what other posters said– ACOG says pregnancy is full term from 39-42 weeks. Induction rates have skyrocketed in the United States the last couple of decades for pregnancies lasting more than 41 weeks for various reasons, but the official, medical guidelines say 42 is perfectly normal and barring other medical concerns does not warrant induction. Your body and your baby know what to do. Treat yourself to lots of pampering, eat your dates, go on walks outside, lots of deep breathing, and good luck!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

RoseandShine :  Forgive my readily admitted ignorance and thank you so much for your help! I am truly interested in the eating dates thing and had never heard of it. I am familiar w. raspberry leaf tea, so not TOTALLY ignorant.

I chose to speak briefly because I did not wish to frighten OP with the circumstances that followed in my delivery. Happily, I ultimately wound up with a delightful baby though.

Since she was seeing her doctor, I’m sorry you found my comment offensive, but I stand by it, and she has certainly received plenty of support.

 

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