BLOODY SHOW: What is bloody show? Cause of Bloody Show

BLOODY SHOW: What is bloody show? Cause of Bloody Show


Hi there guys, it’s Alice here back again
for another spin of the big wheel of birth. I’m a doula, childbirth educator and I love
talking about whatever topic it lands on. If you would like our free course that organizes
all of these topics. It is an easy to use resource and it is called
birth a to z and the link is below in the description. Okay guys, let’s see what we are going to
get today. I’ve been waiting for this one. Bloody Show. I think of any topic that we cover in childbirth
class the one that gets the most grimaces on peoples faces and questions also from our
students is bloody show. What is bloody show? How do I know if I’ve had bloody show? Do I need to have bloody show to know that
I am in labor? Let’s dive into this topic. Number 1 What is bloody show anyway? Okay, so let’s talk a little anatomy here. We have got our uterus at the bottom of the
uterus is our cervix that is the opening or the entrance/exit of our uterus. And the cervix is nice and tight and closed
and long and thick when you are pregnant. To keep baby safe inside. But as we are in labor, contractions happen
and our cervix dilates and effaces. So it thins and it opens. Well on the other side of the cervix there
is something that is pretty cool though maybe kind of gross and that is what we call the
mucous plug. So I did talk about Mucous Plug already and
I’ll put a link here to it. Mucus Plug is exactly what it sounds like
a thick blob of mucous that is found at the other side of the cervix and what that mucous
is for really what a lot of mucus is for is to trap bacteria and not let the bacteria
spread into the amniotic sac and the baby. It plugs up the cervix. So what happens though is sometimes when our
cervix dilates/opens or effaces/thins. sometimes the capillaries right on the cervix
will break. These tiny little blood vessels will break
and little drops of blood will come out. Now this is not like a period, this is like
little tiny drops of blood. And what can happen is that as the cervix
opens the big mucous plug right here and the capillaries break the mucous is here the mucous
plug comes out and because those capillaries dropped little blood particles that mucus
will be bloody and it is called bloody show. So the bloody show and the mucous plug are
kind of the same thing though there are some differences here. Now often when we have just mucous plug where
there is no color to it of maybe just like mucous, sometimes that means that there was
a slower opening and those capillaries really didn’t break so maybe there was less of an
opening. And sometimes when you see bloody show when
we have a red or a pink tinged mucus it tell us as birth professionals or your care provider,
it tells us a little more about what is going on. That is often associated with more change
in your cervix. So just the mucous plug, no blood tinged usually
is a less change in your cervix and a bloody show is usually a more, when you have more
change in your cervix. You will get a bloody show. Sometimes when you talk to your midwife or
your doctor about what if I see bloody show or you call them and say that you are in labor
and you say yeah I have some mucous that is bloody they will often think that okay things
are progressing faster than if you didn’t have it. However, not everyone has bloody show, not
everyone sees their mucous plug. So it is not like a definite sign point that
you are going to get to in labor. It is kind of a, one of those signs that sometimes
it happens and sometimes it doesn’t. But it still is certainly not usually concerning,
though if you see bloody show mucous bloody tinged mucous you can certainly call your
care providers and check. Always call if you have any kind of questions
about what you are seeing. Definitely call with any kind of bleeding. So bloody show is not bleeding. Bleeding is like the start of a period or
anything like that. Where you are seeing actual blood, this is
a mucusy with blood tinged. As childbirth educators we get to talk about
so many fun topics, I love talking about mucus and blood it’s fun. Good stuff! What are your questions about bloody show? Did you have bloody show? Did you see it? Were you excited about it? Were you nervous? What part of your labor was it in? I would love to hear your bloody show stories. So don’t be shy, put them in the comments
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me about this exciting topic. Talk to you next time guys. Bye.

3 thoughts on “BLOODY SHOW: What is bloody show? Cause of Bloody Show

  • Hy im 38 weeks n 2 days n having some pain like period n same as you saying the bloody show
    Is it normal?
    N the pain is not continues coming time to time n going in few seconds

  • I'm 37 weeks and 5 days had a bloody show but just a little not heavy and no cramping or contraction until now its been 4 days since is this ok? or i have to worry please reply

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