APB....Lost mucous plug - page 2

Attention all Labor and Delivery nurses. A pt just reported that she has lost her mucous plug (at 28 weeks) and if they can't find it, her physician will have to induce her at 32 weeks. So, if... Read More

  1. by   L&D.RN
    ROFL - I'm going to have to try that one At Your Cervix...never heard that before! Too funny.
  2. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by at your cervix
    Whenever a pt calls or comes in to tell me that they lost their mucous plug, I usually say "Ok, stop and think for a minute. Where was the last place that you had it??" I don't know why, but I get a kick out of that everytime, I guess that it is just my warped sense of humor!!!
    :roll :roll :roll
  3. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    he told me they were walking in walmart when it fell out, described it as brown sticky and tastes sweet. he offered to bring it in for me to look at and test for my self if it was the mucous plug or not.
    Tastes??! Knew I shouldn't have opened this thread while chewing :chuckle
  4. by   KRVRN
    This must be a very common misconception. I remember learning in health class in high school that labor was coming soon when a woman lost her mucus plug. Does losing it really mean anything at all? Does it have anything to do with the onset of labor?
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it's clinically insignificant the passing of the mucus plug as related to onset of labor.
  6. by   hoolahan
    Originally posted by rdhdnrs
    People just lose their heads when things start oozing out of the nether regions, I guess.

    LMAO!!!!
  7. by   at your cervix
    Originally posted by KRVRN
    Does losing it really mean anything at all? Does it have anything to do with the onset of labor?
    In reality, there is no such thing as a "mucous plug" true, most people have increased mucousy secretions at the end of pregnancy and early labor, but that mucous does not "plug" any thing. I think that the term mucous plug suggests that it is rather like a cork holding the baby in and when that mucous falls out, there is nothing holding the baby in!! Unfortunately, that is what most people also think!!!!!!
  8. by   kids
    When my water broke with my middle child his Dad was almost hysterical (and I almost delivered from laughter)...seems the man who "don't need any child birthclasses, I've seen puppies born" thought that when the water broke the baby fell out.

    Come to think of it...in all my pregnancies I never lost my mucus plug *gasp* ya don't suppose they are still in there do you!!!


    (Sorry, the whole mucus plug thing cracks me up...23 years ago in my first pregnancy my Lamaze instructor told us the is NO SUCH THING AS A MUCUS PLUG! ya'll would think the news would have spread by now...)
  9. by   KRVRN
    At your cervix,

    That's exactly what they taught us in health class... This mysterious mucus plug blocks the cervix and holds the baby in and when your lose it it's time to go into labor. Never could quite see how and gob of snot held a baby in, but whatever was my attitude, haha.
  10. by   mark_LD_RN
    Come to think of it...in all my pregnancies I never lost my mucus plug *gasp* ya don't suppose they are still in there do you!!!


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    better get someone to check and see if they are in there,maybe its still holding a baby in
  11. by   kids
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun

    Come to think of it...in all my pregnancies I never lost my mucus plug *gasp* ya don't suppose they are still in there do you!!!



    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    better get someone to check and see if they are in there,maybe its still holding a baby in


    Well that would explain the extra weight I've been carrying around...
  12. by   mother/babyRN
    Well, I have seen a lot of mucous in my time in labor and delivery, but never a plug...Definitely seen shreds and ALWAYS know it is a primip if she calls to tell me she passed a mucous plug. I always have to suppress the urge to say, Congratulations!
  13. by   imenid37
    my gosh i just got a call last night that a 10 wk. pregnant pt. lost the proverbial mucous plug. she thought so because that's what all of the girls at the restaurant she worked at told her. no doubt a collection of md's,do's, and phd's. she did not want to talk to me. she wanted a doctor, so she called the answering service and woke up the happy camper herself!

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