well for me my waters had broke and when i got to hospital when i wiped it was the tiniest bit of blood hardly see it and i got sent home and when i got back to hospital i was bleeding heavily with clots and the mdwife said that was my plug but because i had dilated so quick thats why it bled so much so everyones diferent xx
It depends if you lose your plug in one go or not. Ive been loosing mine gradually for past 2 weeks and it looks like someone has sneezed in your knickers but its clear instead of green (tmi!). I have not felt any contractions etc and have not lost my waters so no, labour does not always follow. I BELIEVE that if you lose all you MP i one go, labour can usually take around a week to start and your MP is usually steaked with pink/red blood.
Bear in mind though that not ALL women lose their MP before labour as i never lost mine with DD untill well into it. x
i was losing my plug in bits for about 10 days before i went into labour - it's like really thick gloop and was easy to tell the difference between that and normal discharge. If you are close to your due date i think it is a good sign that your cervix is changing and starting to soften / dilate which dislodges the plug. Your show is the bit that comes just before labour - for me i lost what looked like more plug but it was tinged with blood and i went into labour a couple of hours later xxx
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