Departure of the mucous plug
Mucous discharge indicates that the mucous plug has departed. There may be small amounts of blood, sometimes so small that you will not even notice them. Sometimes, a woman feels aching pain in the lower abdomen - as before the menstrual period. Excretions are thick, viscous, transparent or white, yellowish or slightly pink. Mucus can go away all at once, but more often it comes out dosed - for a bit, for 2-3 days.
The mucous plug closes the entrance to the cervix. Before birth, the cervix softens, the uterus begins to slightly contract and pushes out the cork. This means that the female body is ready for delivery - the uterus begins to open slightly.
Departure of the mucous plug is the very first precursor of childbirth. But this does not mean that the process itself has already begun. Before the onset of labor, it can take from several hours to several days. So do not make any decisions ahead of time. If your mucus cork has run away, continue to do your own business. These discharges are quite natural and do not pose any threat to you or the child. But when the mucus secretions have a brownish color, then most likely, there are several hours left before the onset of labor.
After moving away from the mucous plug, do not take a bath and do not swim in the pool - the canal is open for infections, which is very dangerous.
But if this happened earlier than two weeks before the expected date of delivery, immediately call an ambulance. An alarming signal is also the beginning bleeding (the passage of the mucous plug is accompanied by bloody discharge of bright red color). This may mean premature placenta retraction or previa. This situation requires medical intervention.
Outpouring of amniotic fluid
Amelong water protects the baby from external factors, but before birth they depart. Depending on where and how the fetal bladder burst, and also how close the child came to the outlet, the water can pour a wave or drip a drop by drop. It can happen at any time, and even unexpectedly at night.
The amniotic fluid leaves before the onset of labor or during the opening of the uterus. If this happened earlier - it is a question of premature discharge of water, which requires the hospitalization of a pregnant woman. Some doctors do not recommend waiting more than 24 hours after the fetal bladder bursts - the risk of infection of the baby is too great. In any case, take a bath or have sex after this is no longer possible. Usually, after the outflow of amniotic fluid begins to develop labor.
Normally, the amniotic fluid is colorless, has a characteristic sweetish odor and can contain white flaky mucus (this is a protective mucus covering the baby). Greenish or brownish water suggests that for some reason the baby's oxygen starvation occurred, and the meconium got into them. This situation requires immediate treatment in a medical institution. If you are going to give birth by agreement - immediately call your doctor.
In another case, when the waters have safely departed and the amniotic fluid has a normal color and appearance, calmly assemble and go to the hospital: it's very soon! And no fluff to you!