The mucus plug, also known as the bloody show, is a big glob of mucus and discharge which blocks the cervical opening during pregnancy. It’s one of the many ways that the pregnant body protects the baby in the uterus. In most women, the plug is lost in the third trimester, during labor or may not even be seen at all.
Does Losing Your Mucus Plug Mean a Miscarriage?
Although it can be worrying if you lose your mucus plug, losing it does not necessarily mean there is a problem. The mucus plug can be lost multiple times and then regrow.
As long as you only lose your plug and don’t have any other issues such as pain or bleeding, it’s unlikely that it indicates a problem with your pregnancy. However you should mention it to your care provider next time you have an appointment.
Why Would You Lose Your Mucus Plug in Early Pregnancy?
Although losing your mucus plug is commonly associated with early labor, it can actually be lost at any time, or even multiple times, during pregnancy.
If it’s not your first pregnancy, your cervix can often be slightly dilated for a large part of the pregnancy, which can increase the chance of losing your mucus plug earlier than expected.1 | 2