mucus plug


My best friend and I have been extremely close since our first year of college when we lived in the same dorm and shared a ragtag group of friends. Though the entire group looked like it was comprised of the castoffs from various other social groups, she and I decided we were the “cool kids” of the group and bonded. Years later we are still living under the impression that we essentially share the same brain.


The mucus plug forms soon after the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. The plug blocks the opening of the cervix until the gestational period is over. As the body prepares for labor, the mucus plug shrinks away and falls out of the cervical opening, making way for baby. The mucus plug has antimicrobrial properties, which means it protects against infections.


Many women wonder what they can expect during pregnancy. This is
especially true of first-time mothers. Changes during pregnancy are
physical and emotional.


Pregnancy is a time in life when women feel closer to their spouse and
body more than ever before. Here are a few facts about pregnancy for
expecting moms.

Facts About Conception
• Women are most fertile during the 14 days before their menstrual cycle is supposed to start.

• Ovulation can be determined by changes in the cervical mucus.

• Progesterone, released by the corpus luteum, thickens the uterine lining for implantation.


Pregnancy spotting is common in pregnancy, but that does not make it
any easier to accept. During different times in gestation, pregnancy
spotting can occur and the cause will be dependent on several factors.


The mucus plug forms soon after the fertilized egg implants in the
uterus. The plug blocks the opening of the cervix until the gestational
period is over. As the body prepares for labor, the mucus plug shrinks
away and falls out of the cervical opening, making way for baby. Many
pregnant women have questions about the cervical mucus plug and how to
tell if it has been passed or is still in place.


Pregnancy is a time when most women are fearful of pain. Pain during
pregnancy is often associated with complications or labor and can be a
scary thing. However, not all pain during pregnancy signals a problem. Sometimes,


As the end of the pregnancy approaches, pelvic pain is often a signal of the start of labor. Labor pelvic pain is associated with pressure on the pelvis or the feeling that baby is getting heavier. This pressure is common and translates to the fetus moving down in the uterus (dropping). Added pressure on the cervix may help to loosen the cervical plug and break the amniotic sac.


There are so many hormonal and physical changes going on in the body during pregnancy, women often lose track of what is normal and what should cause concern. Pregnancy discharge is a common symptom of pregnancy related to hormonal changes. The type of pregnancy discharge during pregnancy mean the difference between normal secretions and potential infection.


The cervical plug that developed in the beginning of the pregnancy will fall out at the end of the third trimester. Once the plug has washed out of the body, the cervix will start preparing for birth. This is called cervical dilation and effacement.

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