How does the cork go?
The passage of the plug from the genital tract is one of those processes that precede the termination of pregnancy and the onset of long-awaited labor. Many future moms are preparing for such an event. We will tell you how the cork comes off.
Purpose of cork
Nature has done everything necessary to protect the developing fetus from various external influences as much as possible. Therefore, after conceiving a child, thick mucus gradually begins to accumulate in the cervix. A cork is formed from it. It prevents pathogens and infections from entering the cervical canal. Cork is a piece of mucus. By the end of pregnancy, its amount on the cervix does not exceed 2 tablespoons. The cork itself has a white-yellowish color, often it comes out with small admixtures of blood and pink streaks.
Discharge of cork: options
The cork in pregnant women departs differently. It all depends on the individual characteristics of the woman. So, she can go out right away and be like a big slimy lump. Usually it can be seen when a pregnant woman takes a shower or is in her underwear.In some cases, it can come out during the morning stool, and in this case it will be quite difficult to notice it.
In some women, the cork goes away for a long time, that is, it comes out of the genitals in parts. This process can take several weeks. In this case, most often women take a partial cork exit for ordinary discharges (they resemble the stretching mucus), which always appear during childbirth, and do not attach special importance to them.
Sometimes the cork moves away with the amniotic fluid, that is, just before the birth. Usually, women do not notice it due to the severe stress situation and the appearance of contractions.
It is important to take into account that when the cork comes off, the woman does not feel during this severe pain. Only in some cases, there may be a slight moaning in the lower abdomen or tingling. Such symptoms should not be afraid.
When to go to the doctor?
During pregnancy, it is very important to know when you need to go to the doctor if a woman noticed some suspicious signs in her. So, visit a specialist as soon as possible if the mucus plug had a greenish color.After all, this suggests that the fetus lacks oxygen, may require premature birth by artificial means.
It is also necessary to visit the doctor when the cork came out too early, that is, more than 15 days before the expected date of birth. In addition, it is recommended to undergo an inspection if there is an excessive amount of blood in the mucus.
If the cork came out in a timely manner and looked normal, then you can not go to the doctor. After all, it only indicates that your baby will be born very soon and you should get ready for it: put off trips and long shopping trips, assemble a kit for yourself and the baby that will be needed in the hospital, and also positively tune in to easy delivery without complications.