How does the tube look before delivery and what does it mean
Every woman with the approach of a long-awaited day, when she sees her baby, is very interested in how the cork looks before giving birth and what if she left.
Mucous plug before delivery
So, the mucous plug is a natural protectionfetus from all kinds of external influences, as well as from infection. To do this, the female body produces mucus, which closes a certain time for the cervix. It is called a "cork", because it very well clogs the passage.
It should be noted that such mucus is produced by special glands that are on the cervix. In addition, its development is helped by some female hormones.
Departure of mucous plug before deliveryoccurs because the body begins to actively prepare for the birth of the baby. This happens in the following way: the cervix slowly begins to open and becomes smooth, and the uterine muscles come to tone. The hormone estrogen makes the tube more viscous, diluting it, as a result of which the plug directly through the vagina comes out.
How the cork looks before delivery
If you are wondering how the cork looks beforechildbirth, then for all women it looks different. The color of the cork depends on the characteristics of each woman: from transparent light yellow to light brown. As a rule, the cork has a pinkish or yellowish tinge. Pink color it gets because of the fact that when the neck is opened, small capillaries can burst, secreting blood. If you find a bloody discharge with a stopper, then in this case it is necessary to contact your gynecologist. In any case, the fact that the cork has moved away, you need to warn your gynecologist.
In addition, the cork can go in different amounts: in some pregnant women it goes out in small clots for 2-3 days, while in others it comes out in the form of a large clot at a time.
When the cork comes out
As the cork looks like before birth, you already know. Now let's figure out when it starts to go out. So, the exit of the cork indicates that the body begins to prepare for the forthcoming birth, but does not mean the beginning of labor. Signs of the onset of labor are fights. But as for the mucous plug, it can go out two weeks before the birth, and a few days before them.
That is, the mucous plug is a kind of signal that the body has begun preparing for childbirth, but when they begin, it will depend on the individual physiology of the woman.
If you get out a slimy plug, it's notmeans that you urgently need to start packing things and go to the hospital. You just need to go to the doctor and tell you about the cork, if there were any bloody discharge, and after the examination the doctor will decide whether to get ready for you in the maternity ward or too early.
What else do you need to know
Many confuse the cork with the passage of water. But these are absolutely different things that are easy enough to distinguish:
- the mucous plug is thick, unlike the amniotic fluid;
- amniotic fluid is transparent, but the cork can have from yellow-pink to brownish hues;
- amniotic fluid is continuously removed, and the plug is separated by bunches.
Knowing all these nuances and getting into the hospital on time, you can give birth to a healthy baby.