When NOT to Go to the Hospital- Mucous Plugs & More!


Hey everyone! I’m Sarah Lavonne and welcome back! As you approach your due date, sometimes you’re gonna find that there are some changes that happen in your body. These are normal, but they’re not reasons to come to the hospital. Today, we are talking about all the reasons NOT to go to the hospital. Let’s get started! So let’s get to it. So what are some of the things that could happen? Throughout your pregnancy, your belly is gonna grow bigger and bigger and bigger. And as it grows bigger, it’s gonna grow higher and higher and higher into your rib cage. That’s why a lot of women towards the end of their pregnancy are like “Oh my god, get this baby out of me!”, because it’s so uncomfortable. So one of the things that can happen is as you approach your delivery day… I always need my pelvis! Your baby is going to be sitting this high and then all of a sudden, it has to settle into the pelvis. So what happens? The baby is going to drop! It’s gonna come down. And so what does that do to you for your sensations? That means that all of a sudden, you go from not being able to breathe and huffing and puffing around your house, just literally walking down the hallway to “oh my god, I can breathe again!” “I have so much space and energy!”, because now the baby’s no longer sitting right up on your rib cage. What does that mean for you? A lot of women, that causes this burst of energy, so they get up they finish up with the nursery, they cook meals for their family to throw in the freezer for after delivery, they’re cleaning their house like crazy. So when the baby drops, that means that you’re getting closer, which is something to celebrate! At the same time, it’s important for you to balance your rest with your activity because we know that labor is work, that it takes time, you may go 24 hours without sleep and so really, lay down, rest when you can, work when you want to work and clean up your house. Make sure everything is ready. There’s nothing wrong with that. But at the same time, just pay attention to the fact that you still need that rest in order to prepare for your baby to come. The second thing that may happen is you might have some loose stools. So your poop might be a lot softer, it might be kind of like diarrhea. But why is that? One of the theories is that as your uterus grows up in your belly, what happens to your intestines? They get smushed out of the way and then they’re, like, kind of packed all around the uterus. As you get closer, your uterus is gonna start contracting here and there. It’s gonna squeeze. You probably won’t even know that it’s happening. You may know that it’s happening. It might be a little bit painful or feel like menstrual cramps, but either way, your uterus is moving and as it’s what we call “irritable”, it may stimulate the bowel or your intestines for you to have a little bit of loose stool. How I like to think about it is like if I get period cramps. When you have your period, sometimes you have some loose stool, or you might have a case of diarrhea. Now, if you’re having profuse, explosive diarrhea that you can’t keep anything down and if you just literally are exploding everywhere, then that is something to be concerned of and a reason to actually contact your doctor. You might have some sort of food poisoning going on or something else that may need to be taken care of. But if it’s just one case of diarrhea, or one case of loose stool, or a couple, it’s not a big deal, just make sure you’re staying hydrated and know that maybe your uterus is getting irritable. Not a reason to go to the hospital. The other thing along those lines is you might have a little bit of nausea like you have morning sickness again. If it’s one or two, here and there, just like you’re more nauseous, you just kind of feel crummy, almost like you have the flu a little bit. Nothing necessarily to be concerned of. Make sure that you’re getting the nutrients that you need and the hydration that you need but at the same time, that also can be normal. The other thing that lots of people are very interested in is your mucus plug. Sexyyy So what is your mucus plug? Your mucus plug actually sits in the inside of your cervix. Remember, this is my cervix again. It’s a thick, hard cervix that’s not in labor. What happens is, as your cervix starts softening out and effacing a little bit, it kind of is getting riper, that mucus that was stuck in there now all of a sudden can slide out. Sometimes people see it. Sometimes you don’t. If you do or don’t, it’s like okay, it is what it is. So the mucus in there is like the glue keeping your cervix together and then protecting it from any of the bacteria that might be in your vagina. All of our vaginas have bacteria in them. They’re good bacteria. That’s what keeps our vaginas healthy. So, we don’t want those good bacteria that are good for the vagina to get up where the baby is and potentially cause an infection. The mucus plug is there to protect from the bacteria. What does the mucus plug look like? It looks like boogers or like, I think about glue. I’ve seen mucus plugs – I know. Really cute. I’ve seen mucus plugs that are like, um Like if you have dried glue that sits for a while and then it’s just kind of like sticky and globby. It might look like that, too. So the colors should be clear. It might be a light yellow. It might even be like a darker yellow. But if it’s, like, if it’s green or brown or like blue or something, which would be really weird, then that is something that you would want to reach out to your doctor about but otherwise, it if it comes out, if maybe you go to the bathroom and all sudden there’s like this globby, gluey thing that is hanging from you, wipe it away and go “okay, cool.” Statistically speaking, if your mucus plug comes out, you probably will deliver within about two weeks from when it comes out. So, it’s not a sign of labor.It’s not a reason to come to the hospital. You don’t need to bring it in a little baggie. One of the ways that I’ve heard it described, which I think is pretty accurate, is like egg whites. So you have your watery egg whites and then you have like your gooey, snot-like egg whites. If it’s more watery like all of a sudden you peed yourself or like it keeps dripping out like water versus like a boogerish-type substance, then it might actually be your water, but if it’s more like egg whites, which I have here. – There’s the mucusy ones in there. [squealing] My god! So, it really does actually look like this. If it’s like a glob that comes out and it’s more like snotty and thick and gooey more like this, I guess, Then it’s probably your mucus. You get the point. You can just say “Yay, I’m excited! I am getting closer to my due date. My cervix is softening out.” “It’s doing what it’s supposed to.”, but your mucous plug coming out does not mean a sign of labor. The other thing with your mucus plug is sometimes it’s clear and gooey like this and other times it has a little bit of blood in it and that’s just because your cervix has a lot of little blood vessels that go to it and as your cervix softens and moves around a little bit, sometimes those pop and you might have a little bit of vaginal bleeding. But if it’s profuse, like all of a sudden you soak a pad or you have your period again, that is concerning. Please go to the hospital. But if it’s just a little bit like you wipe yourself and there’s a little bit of, like, blood-tinged mucusy stuff in there, that’s probably what we call “bloody show” and/or your mucus plug. I’m done. This is so gross. [excited scream] There it is! So, like that! That’s what it sort of looks like. Maybe. I need to go wash my hands. And then last but not least are gonna be your Braxton Hicks contractions. So, real contractions have a pattern. They’re gonna get closer and closer together in time. They’re gonna be very regular. For instance, you may have a contraction now, let’s say, and then you have one eight minutes from now, and then you have one two minutes later and then you have one fifteen minutes later. Those are not a regular pattern. Versus on that’s that’s now and then three minutes later, and then four minutes later, and then five minutes later, and then two minutes later and then four minutes later- that’s within a range. And so when your contractions are irregular, you might start feeling your uterus cramp up. You might feel your belly tighten.You might feel like menstrual cramps or lower back pain. When you can ignore it, continue to ignore it. Until it becomes something that that, like, takes you off your feet where you’re like “Whoo, Lord! I gotta stop for a second” then it’s not something to pay attention to. Braxton Hicks are just warm-up labor. They’re your body getting used to it, your body figuring it out. Your uterus has to kind of coordinate its squeezing because it’s gonna squeeze this way and then it’s gonna squeeze this way. So, until it figures out exactly the perfect rhythm to bring your baby down and help change your cervix, they’re just Braxton Hicks contractions. So, contractions that are irregular, that you can ignore, that aren’t all-consuming, and that also vary in strength, where one might be all-consuming, and then the other one is like, “meh, no big deal.” Those are not something that you would need to come to the hospital about. And last but not least, as you get closer and closer to delivering your baby, you may feel an increase in emotion. Your hormones are fluctuating and figuring out how to get this baby out of you and as that happens, it can cause some differences in emotions. So, it may feel like you’re PMSing all of a sudden. Things that usually don’t irritate you all of a sudden are so frustrating or maybe you’re walking down the street and you just find yourself crying or you’re touched very easily by something. That’s normal. Embrace it. Know that your body is doing everything that it can. Give your partner grace as she may feel like she’s going crazy at times. There’s nothing to worry about. It just means that you’re getting closer. So, if you have some loose stools, some nausea, some changes in your emotion, you lose your mucus plug or you start having these irregular, kind of sporadic, not super-duper painful contractions, those are not reasons to go to the hospital but reasons to get excited, to know that you are getting so much closer to that special day that IS coming. It will come eventually. Take a deep breath. Relax. Enjoy your last moments as a family of two or three or however many kids you have, if this is my baby number two or more, and make sure that you take care of yourself and rest as you prepare for your labor. Thanks for being here with me today! If you have any other comments, questions, concerns, anything you want to throw out there for me then please feel free to comment below. Otherwise, until next time, Thanks for watching. … and at it goes br- pffff …like, *beep* -ing all over yourself. I can’t say that! …nausea, vomiti- Oh my god! Where do these bugs come from?! …small meals. That you’re staying hydrated and and those… nutriatized? and nutriented? nutr… Oh my god, you have to die. All our bacterias have vaginas. Noooo [laughing] So the mucus plug is your… is your little protection Protector? No. So the mucus… the mucus plug is that… is that protection that protects the – from the vagina? I don’t even know what I’m saying. I’m going to smell like egg. This is so gross. If it’s like a glob, you don’t need to put it- Oh, yeah! There we go! There’s my glob. Ooh! I can’t get it. Ooh yuck. …and then as you anticipate this little one coming into the world, then just get excited. [scoffs] No [silence] Okay That’s all I got! Until next time, byyyyyyyyyyyye!

100 thoughts on “When NOT to Go to the Hospital- Mucous Plugs & More!

  1. Lol 2 weeks after the mucous plug comes out you'll be in labor… lol

    In my experience my mucus plug came out and went to the ER and found out I was 8.5cm dialated with back to back contractions that I didnt notice. Nurse said if I went to sleep like I wanted I would have woke up with a baby between my legs.

    Which makes sense since I slept until the nurses woke me up to start pushing.

  2. You just made me laugh while im watching you touching the egg whites🤣🤣🤣very clear explanation😊😊im about to give birth in a few days now…thanks for a substancial video😍😍

  3. I remember telling my doctor I lost my mucous plug because I had snot like stuff in my tissue. My female doctor gave me a look of extreme annoyance and told me “No I highly doubt that.” A few days later I was in labour. I have that same doctor this time around and she wouldn’t listen to me about my morning sickness either. It was so extreme. Finally a separate MALE doctor took me seriously and prescribed me dilectin (think that’s how you spell it) because his wife had similar symptoms to my own. I find my female doctor has more of the attitude of “Suck it up.” While my male doctor is like “You poor thing.” 😂😂

  4. My contractions never became regular. I was in pre-labor for more than 50 hours – no water, no food, unable to move or stand and even sit. Would be suspended in sitting positions for hours at a time, terrified to move from the incredible pain of irregular contractions. Had them every 15 minutes – 3 minutes – 7 minutes – 20 minutes – 8 minutes – 25 minutes and on and on, for more than 50 hours. Midwife kept telling me it was just Braxton Hicks because they were irregular, while I was screaming at the top of my lungs from the pain — there's no way they were just Braxton Hicks.

    24 hours before I had my plug removed, waters broken and finally induced, I had started to vomit blood and feel very lethargic from food, water and sleep deprivation. These incredibly painful "Braxton Hicks" contractions that were irregular and making me scream from the worst pain I've ever felt started on August 11. On August 14, after battling with the excruciating pain for almost 3 entire days non-stop, I ended up in the emergency where I was vomiting blood on the floor and on nurses, and was eventually induced to get the torture over with. 3 hours later, I had my son at 39 weeks and 3 days weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces. I was only 1cm dilated while having incredibly painful "irregular Braxton Hicks" contractions.

    Braxton Hicks contractions are not always painless – sometimes they're incredibly painful to the point of making you dizzy with pain. And just because your contractions are irregular, doesn't necessarily mean that they're just Braxton Hicks. Should we go by the severity of the pain to determine which type of contractions we are really having or by their regularity?

  5. I'm 32 weeks, I went to use the restroom and saw that there was a gooey glob on my underwear about the size of a nickel. Could this be the mucus plug or part of it? We are 32 weeks but the doctor says the baby is measuring at 37 weeks??

  6. I was due the 8th of August, lost my plug the 9th and now I’m cramping bad but I only feel it in my front so I’m guessing I’m finally getting my Braxton Hicks? lmao

  7. Just happened two hours 🤔😮😣. I'm 36 weeks it scared the heck out of me!! But thank u for the information 😍🥰

  8. When I was 38 weeks, I was at work and I just randomly started crying 😂 I dropped to the floor and just cried for a good 5 minutes. In front of customers and everything. I lost it lmao my due date is next week on the 28th! I’m so ready to have this child! Lmao 😂 ❤️

  9. 36 weeks and 2 days with my first baby ! This video was so helpful I didn’t realize my body was already prepping lol I’m getting a lot of these symptoms :p

  10. with my son, I lost my mucus plug in a span of 3 days and I went into labor approximately 10 hours later I went into active labor

  11. Literally 40 & 2, and I have allll these symptoms! Nesting hard my house has never been this spotless/ dustless! Swollen feet are the worst

  12. This is the most helpful video I have watched!! 37 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I have started to lose my mucous plug!!

  13. I finished my morning sickness at 5 months I was so happy now I’m 9 months and they started again 😂🤦🏽‍♀️great

  14. 38 weeks. Lost my mucus plug early this morning. Been having cramping since. Hoping that means babygirl is coming soon! So ready!!!!!!!!!

  15. It was so informative I love this video now m cool I was thinking y I getting mucous plugs I’m 33 weeks 2 days

  16. I think my mucous plug passed this morning! I haven't had any discharge or anything this whole pregnancy and I'm 38 weeks today. I'm ready for this baby to come!

  17. Thank you for this! I had my first birthing class yesterday and learned all of this there but I was sooo nervous. So hearing it a second time, comforted me 😬😬💕

  18. Bruh. This did not happen to me 😂 I’m a first time mom and what happened was I woke up at like 7:00am and had to go pee (cause during the 3rd trimester I had to pee throughout the night) so I was used to it. Came back up, fell back asleep, woke up again, got up and my mucous plug fell out and kept coming out 😖😂 I went pee came back up and told my husband “babe, don’t freak out but I may be in labor” he wakes up freaked out and I say just go back to sleep 😂 I fell back asleep and woke up at like 12:00pm and the slight pain started, told my mother in law and she told me “she’s not in labour, she’d feel it by now” well, let’s just say by three I was bent over the coffee table rocking side to side from the pain and the same day when I got to the doctors at like 4:00-4:30pm I had my son at 5:36pm. So to say it was really quick and all in one day which was weird and surprising that it all happened so quickly my first time, not to mention I wasn’t able to get an epidural 😫

  19. Fudge:/ “not reasons to go to the hospital”
    But I’m only 32 weeks prego and I got all this going on..
    I was in prodromal labor for 2 weeks with my daughter.
    She was born at exactly 37…

  20. Listened once in thr 1st trimester. 37 weeks today and re-listening. Definitely giant difference in how it hits!!

    What a process :)! 3rd little over here, still nervous/unsure/excited!

  21. Can it come out in pieces? I don't remember if she said that but I just had a small chunk come out but it wasn't like the full thing from what I've seen in pictures.

  22. Mucus plug came out in a giant glob at 36 wks. Here I am a week later with no sort of progress so it is definitely not the same for everyone.

  23. Had my baby on the 12th of September mucus plug came out at 10:50 made it to the hospital at 11:20 gave birth by 11:42 first child contractions kicked my ass completely

  24. This was awesome. 34 weeks here and I’m having tightening very low with each Braxton hick contraction. But they definitely aren’t all consuming. I was about to call triage and ask. Now I don’t have to yayyyy. Glad you mentioned that everything could get tight and differ in intensity and time between. That’s me! Lol. And the urge to poo, but they’re not so intense I can’t handle. For me that was the defining point. I remember my real contractions with my first (very long ago) being something that kept me still and I could not think about anything. Even breathing I had to remind myself. They were all going to knock me off my feet and they just kept coming. Definitely a difference

  25. Lost my mucus plug at 23 weeks and delivered the next day. I know it’s not typical. This pregnancy I’m currently 34 weeks and so far so good

  26. I’m almost 16 weeks and I was in the bath and I had the slimy thick white mucus like come out it was a lot but it was after sex can you please help

  27. I have no clue what these sudden energy boost for nesting are.Hey hello sudden energy boost if u r listening plz pay a visit am in need of that!

  28. I’m 37 weeks and I can check off everything you said, I’m so excited! My first babe turned 2 today ☺️ ready for baby sister

  29. at 36+5 (last thursday) i felt a gush of wetness. went to the bathroom to check myself & my underwear was soaked & my mucus plug fell out 😳 i was freaking tf out lol went to the hospital, wasn’t in labor & they said my a little bit of my mucus plug was still in. i’m 37+3 now should i be concerned if my baby doesn’t come by next week 😅

  30. I went to the hospital with really strong, 2-5 minute apart contractions that ended up being Braxton hicks, but then a few hours into my hospital stay we found out I had preeclampsia, and then I almost died of HELLP Syndrome a day later and had an emergency c-section. So uh…. Yeah. Don't really know what to do with that.

  31. This is CRAZY. You really learn things through YouTube that mucus plug came out of me today and i didn’t know what it was or how it looked like until Right now watching your video made me look up pictures on google and yuupppp my mucus plug is out

  32. I’m 35 weeks and nothing’s happening☹️. I’m hoping I can have a vbac after 2 csections if not, I’m getting having another sx.

  33. I'm due in 2.5 weeks. 😅 I'm having some of these already and I can't wait for her to be here. This heartburn is NOT fun. And YES! These hormones are CRAZY!

  34. With my first I lost my mucus plug between 8am and 4pm at 4pm my water broke.. with this baby I lost my mucus plug over a span of 4 days and am still pregnant! It's been about a week since I started to loose it

  35. I had twins; one transverse up in my ribs, the other head down, low in my pelvis. I never got any relief with breathing 😂

  36. I had BH contractions that were regular (every 3-5 mins, lasting 1-1.5 mins each) for weeks towards the end of my pregnancy but they weren't labor contractions because I wasn't dilated when I delivered (at 36+2) but that could be because it was a multi-gestation pregnancy. My BH started at 18 weeks.

  37. Mucus Plug looks like snot. It's the only way to describe it that makes sense to me. Mine came out clear white ish color then changed to yellow, then back to white ish.
    I have heavy BH for a whole day where I sweat, have short breath and get super dizzy with pains. Then I get nothing the next day.

    🤷

  38. I never realized what a mucus plug looked like or felt like but I think I lost mine about a week ago I’m only 32 weeks and 6 days but I’m a high risk for preterm labor and 1cm dilated with baby’s head down

  39. Thank you for this video! I'm going through everything you said. This was very helpful. I'm 37 weeks and 1 day. Almost there!

  40. 37 weeks and I just lost a part of my plug. Is that possible? I don’t remember loosing it with my first son….Can we lose it in parts?

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