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Loss of gelatinous stopper (cervical)

Loss of gelatinous stopper (cervical)


The loss of the gelatinous stopper is a phenomenon that most often occurs in the early stages of labor, but in some cases it happens even earlier, and the birth will follow a few weeks later.

Losing the gelatinous stopper may occur earlier in week 36 of pregnancy, but this does not announce the start of labor, unless your pregnancy is calculated incorrectly.

Every pregnancy is different, as every job is different and every baby is different. The gelatinous plug can be eliminated without being influenced by any factor, but generally it happens after a vaginal examination or after a sexual act. The elimination process can be instantaneous or can extend over a few days.

What is gelatin stopper?

Gelatinous plug is an accumulation of secretions of the uterine cervix, which is formed during pregnancy to block the cervix and prevent bacterial penetration into the uterus. Normally, the appearance of the gelatin plug is clear, but slightly cloudy, sticky and sticky. Towards the end of pregnancy, when the cervix becomes narrowed or when the capillaries in the lower part of the uterus give way, it happens that a little blood is removed and remains stuck in the gelatinous stopper.

Its appearance sometimes gets pink, brown or red, due to blood infiltration.

In the first stage of labor, the gelatinous stopper is usually removed as a continuous secretion, but in some cases it even looks like a stopper.

Any vaginal discharge during pregnancy should be investigated, as there is a chance of signaling a vaginal infection that could affect the pregnancy or signal a premature rupture of the membranes. If the microscopic test, Pap test, gonorrhea or chlamydia cultures are negative and it has been clinically proven that this is not a rupture of membranes, then these secretions are normal.

Losing the gelatinous stopper does not necessarily mean that you will be born soon

The signs of a near birth involve observing several Braxton Hicks contractions, dilating the cervix, losing the gelatinous stopper, breaking the water, etc.

The loss of the gelation plug occurs when the cervix begins to dilate, as a sign of approaching the time of birth. Its elimination is done either all at once, or in the form of abundant vaginal discharge, for several days.

From the moment of beginning the elimination of the gelatinous stopper, the birth can take place after at least 3-4 days. However, the loss of the gelatinous stopper means that the pregnancy is nearing its end and that you should watch for the first signs of labor.

Signs announcing birth

Usually, clear signs of birth are:

• Water breaking;
• Loss of gelatinous stopper;
• Membrane rupture;
• Pelvic pressure;
• Menstrual back pain;
• Cough or vomiting;
• Diarrhea or constipation;
• Braxton Hicks contraction intensification;

If, when the pregnant woman changes her position or takes a few steps, the contractions stop, then they represent a sign of false labor. On the other hand, if bleeding or cramping occurs besides the loss of the cervical gel plug, these may be signs of more serious problems. In this case the doctor should be contacted immediately.

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