My first labor started with my water breaking. It wasn’t until hours later, after having my membranes stripped and using a breast pump, that contractions began, and I can’t remember noticing a mucus plug. So when my second pregnancy’s due date crept up, I had no idea what to expect. When I woke one morning to what sure looked like a “bloody show,” I called my mom and told her she’d better come soon. When contractions finally started — ahem — over a week later, I definitely lost my plug. So what gives? Can you lose your mucus plug twice, or did I just misread it the first time?
Surprisingly, science proves that your mucus plug can regenerate — sometimes even more than once. According to Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, OB-GYN and medical blogger at Twin Doctors TV, “The mucus plug is a collection of mucus that is lodged and then hardens in the cervical canal during pregnancy.” Abdur-Rahman tells Romper in an exclusive interview that, “As a pregnancy progresses and the cervix begins to dilate, the original mucus plug will often fall out.”
But the story doesn’t end there. He continues on to explain that the cervical glands keep making mucus after the original plug has fallen out, so a second, third, or even fourth plug can form.
You read that right. The party ain’t over yet.
So what exactly is the purpose of this rather gross bodily function? I mean,…