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Discharge During Labour

LABOUR & BIRTH: One indication that the onset of labour may be imminent is the release of your protective mucus plug, which forms in the cervix at the start of pregnancy to seal the uterus.

Expulsion of this plug from your vagina is commonly referred to as a ‘show’ and indicates that the cervix has started to dilate (stretch). It’s usually sticky and mucus- or jelly-like and streaked with blood to produce a pinkish/brownish bloody discharge. It’s not, however, usual to lose a lot of blood with a show, which is normally just mucus tinged with blood; if you find that you’ve lost quite a lot of blood, you must call your pregnancy healthcare professional your midwife or hospital immediately.

Your mucus plug can come away anytime up to 12 days before labour begins, but it’s usually not released until a day or so before labour begins. If you have a show around the time of your due date, without regular contractions, frank bleeding or fluid loss, then there is no need to contact your health care professional.

However, it would be worth making sure you have your bag packed if you are having a hospital birth, as labour is likely to start in the next day or two. Also, remember that in some women, labour will start without them noticing a show.


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