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The 'show'

While you are pregnant, a plug of mucus seals your cervix. Just before labour starts, or in early labour, the plug comes away and out of your vagina. This small amount of sticky pink mucus is called a show, and it’s a sign that the cervix may be getting ready for labour.

The show may come away in one lump, or in several pieces. It is sticky, jelly-like and pink in colour as it is blood-stained. You may lose a small amount of blood, mixed with mucus. If you are losing more blood, like a period, it may be a sign that something is wrong, so telephone the hospital or your midwife straight away. Labour may start quite quickly after the show, or it may take a few days. You may still go  into labour without having had a show.

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