During childbirth, when you have a mucus plug between your cervix and the vaginal canal, it prevents anything from leaking out and back into the uterus. However, as labor approaches, this plug begins to leak fluids, including cervical mucus – the very substance that is emitted during the first days after giving birth.
If you’re in your second or third trimester and your mucus plug isn’t doing its job, it may be time to start leaking water. The mucus plug is a Plug-Like Mass in the uterus that traps conception-related hormones and can help prevent Preterm Labor. If the plug doesn’t break, it can lead to the birth of a baby before 37 weeks gestation.
As the mucus plug starts to break and water starts leaking out, expect the following:
1. Increased cervical creping (a sign of labor progress)
2. Braxton Hicks contractions (contractions that areless intense than full blown contractions but are still felt)
3. A change in smell, as some amniotic fluid will leak out and this will likely smell like urine or vinegar
4. A increase in discharge (water, blood, and mucus) either through your vagina or involving your bowels
How a Mucus Plug Works
When your body experiences a mucus plug, it is blocking the flow of water from your nether regions. This is typically due to either a virus or a bacterial infection in the bladder, and can cause increased urinary flow and intense inflammation. In some cases, a mucus plug can stay in place for days or weeks.
There are several things you should expect with a mucus plug:
– Increased Urination: Normal peeing will increase as the plug begins to break down. This is caused by the easier movement of water through the bladder and out through the urethra.
– Bladder Inflammation: As urine flows through the system, it causes irritation and swelling in the bladder walls. This can lead to increased pain on passing urine, as well as fever and chills.
– Pelvic Pain: If a mucus plug extends beyond your bladder, it can press on other organs in your pelvic region (such as your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes), causing discomfort.
When it starts to Leak
Water may be leaking from your mucus plug, but this doesn’t mean you’re in labor. If you’re not on track for delivery, your body is probably just doing what it needs to do in order to get things moving. Here’s what to expect with your mucus plug as they start leaking water:
You might experience feeling ofpressure in your pelvis and cramps. This is your body working to open the cervix.
Nausea and vomiting may occur, especially during the first few days.
Your discharge might be thicker or yellowish-white in color and Odorless.
You might also experience some light bleeding if the plug prolapses during labor.
What does it look like when it leaks?
If you’re one of the unlucky few women who experience continuous and heavy mucus production, then you know all too well what it looks like when your mucus plug leaks water. Unfortunately, this often leads to a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including headache, body aches, fatigue, and trouble focusing. Here’s a closer look at what to expect when your mucus plug starts leaking water.
The first sign that your mucous plug may be about to break is an increase in the frequency and quantity of lightheadedness or dizziness. This is due to the fact that excess water is passing through the narrow opening between your digestive tract and your reproductive system. If left untreated, this can trigger additional problems such as nausea and vomiting.
As your mucous plug breaks down, it releases a thick string of mucous. This fluid can take on many different colors depending on the medications you’re taking or the foods you’ve recently eaten. Generally, it will be cloudy but occasionally it will be clear or even yellow. Additionally, the mucous will frequently come with a strong smell that can be difficult to get rid of.
It’s been leaking for some time… Do I need to go to the Emergency Room?
If you’re experiencing vaginal discharge that seems to be leaking water along with the mucus, then it is likely that you have a mucus plug. A mucus plug is a small lump of dried up mucus that can form in various parts of your vagina. This can happen during any stage of your menstrual cycle, but it’s especially common around the time of ovulation when hormones cause your body to produce more mucus. Mucus plugs can also form if you have a disorder called vaginitis, or if you have an STD.
Although a few drops of water leaking from a mucus plug doesn’t usually cause any serious problems, it’s best to check in with your healthcare provider if you notice that your discharge is leaking water frequently or if it become yellow or cloudy in color. If you do experience these signs and symptoms, then it is probably time to see a doctor because the Plug could be caused by something more serious such as an infection.
If you still haven’t detected any organic issues with your discharge and you just don’t feel like going to the doctor, there are some tips that can help minimize the amount of
Just because it’s been leaking, doesn’t mean you are in labor!
Mucus plugs are one of the most common signs that labor is near, but they are not always a clear indicator that contractions are happening. If you’re still having cramps and your mucus plug continues to leak water, chances are that you’re in labor and it’s time to go to the hospital!
Though mucus plugs can vary in appearance and may be leaking for days or even weeks before delivery, contractions should start happening within minutes of when the plug starts to leak. Just remember that if your mucus plug is leaking and you’re not feeling contractions, it’s safest to wait it out until you do.