The mucous plug often looks like a jelly-like chunk of discharge. It can be clear, slightly pink, or tinged with a small amount of blood. Sometimes, instead of a jelly-like chunk, the mucous plug may look like stringy mucous or a sticky discharge.
Keep in mind that the amount of blood in the mucous plug is generally a spot -- no more than a teaspoon. If you see more blood than that, contact your healthcare provider.
Not necessarily. Many women don't even notice when they lose their mucous plug. This is because there is already so much vaginal discharge during pregnancy, especially during the time leading up to labor and delivery.
Click the following links to learn more about the late stages of pregnancy:
- Prelabor Signs to learn about other symptoms of late pregnancy (besides losing the mucous plug) that are not signs of true labor.
- Signs of Labor to learn more about the signs that may indicate the beginning of true labor.
- False Labor to learn about the differences between false labor contractions and real contractions.