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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:04 PM   1
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Losing Mucus Plus :(


I'm just at 26 weeks today and last night I wasn't feeling well, so I took a warm bath. My back was hurting and I felt really uncomfortable no matter how I sat, so I ended up getting out of the tub pretty quickly. I had some minor pains in my pubic bone area that were kind of pulsating, but nothing crazy. When I used the restroom after getting out of the bath (WARNING!!! TMI)...I noticed a large amount of string yellowish white discharge. It wasn't sticky, just stringy. Not more than a quarter of an inch thick, but it was about 8 inches long. I could have made a slingshot out of it

I felt better this morning, but one of the nurses I work with made me call women's health who handle all of the OB/GYN calls. The nurse on the line told me that I could be losing my mucus plug and she wanted to know if I am still in any pain. I'm not, so she told me she would just send a message to my OB.

I didn't realize until later in the day that some of what I had assumed was baby relocating herself in my belly may actually be Braxton Hicks. I often get very hard spots in my belly that go away after awhile. I thought she had just moved around and it was her I'm feeling, but now it appears its actually Braxton Hicks and I've been having them for awhile.

I'm a little freaked out and trying to remain calm, but I will be super pissed if this is just the beginning of me bringing my baby into the world way to early.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:08 PM   2
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Braxton Hicks are not the start of labor, and you do have them all throughout your pregnancy, they are just more noticable now that your uterus is so big. I wouldn't worry too much, though I know that's easier said than done, but I think you'll be fine.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:09 PM   3
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Hiya hun,you can lose your mucas plug early and still go late as unless its blood tinged your body regenerates the mucas plug...as for braxton hicks there nothing to worry about,ive been gettin them since about 20 weeks and there just ur bodys way of preparing you,sometimes if ur feelin crappy ull poss get more anyway and if ur dehydrated as thats when mine get bad xx



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:10 PM   4
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Correct. The nurse just freaked me out when I called back and she told me if I have them more than 5 times an hour for 2 consecutive hours that I need to call them back. She was saying at that point it could be pre-term labor.

She was messing with my weekend mojo.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:11 PM   5
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As luckyno.3 said, Braxton Hicks are not the start of labor. I read that you actually have them from week 6, you just don't feel them until later. Here's a good little chart on how to distinguish them from real contractions:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/true-false-labor

I have also heard about women losing their mucus plugs and being absolutely fine. I hope that's the case for you, should you be losing yours.

Definitely try to relax... I personally know that is much easier said than done



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 17:40 PM   6
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I had my first braxton hicks last week so like others have said, dont worry about that. I hope everything is ok hun. x



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 18:29 PM   7
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I always have mucousy discharge like that. I asked my OB about it and she said as long its not blood tinged or smelly than its normal.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2012, 18:45 PM   8
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i agree with all the other posters hun... nothing to worry about. just keep an eye on it. 9 months is a long time for mommies to protect their babies and every little blip in the pregnancy becomes nerve racking (at least for me it does). just remember that too much stress is harmful too. so think happy thoughts!



 
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