20The Baby's Here: No Longer Plugged In
During pregnancy, a woman's body creates a mucus plug to seal the cervical canal and to prevent any unwanted bacteria from getting into the uterus. This plug takes the form of a jelly-like discharge that appears to be slightly red. Losing the mucus plug is definitely one of the signs of
childbirth. However, not all pregnant women get to lose this plug, since some never notice it and go straight to labor.
This plug dislodges when the cervix begins to open wider in preparation for delivery. Although the progression of labor after the plug drops varies from one woman to another, it is a sure indication that the baby is almost here. Some women go into labor within hours of losing this plug while others can wait for days.