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The Mucus Plug and Breaking Bag of Waters
Photo © A.D.A.M.
As you near the end of the your 40 weeks, and even after 40 weeks, you may be watching for signs of labor
. These signs of labor are good indicators that your baby is ready to be born.
- You may lose your mucus plug all at once or slowly before labor begins. Sometimes you will not see the mucus plug until labor is well under way.
- Some women notice increased vaginal discharge as labor nears.
- While your labor may start with the breaking of the bag of waters, this is not as common as you might think.
- You may notice that your baby feels like s/he is down lower. This is called dropping or lightening. This may not happen until labor has started.