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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 is getting ready for labour.

The show may come away in one blob, or in several pieces. It is sticky, jelly-like and pink in colour because it’s blood-stained, but you shouldn't lose a lot of blood. You may lose a small amount of blood, mixed with mucus. If you’re losing more blood, it may be a sign that something is wrong, so telephone your hospital or midwife straight away. Labour may start quite quickly after the show, or it may take a few days. Some women do not notice the show come away.

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