, the mucus
is cloudy, clear, thick, and sticky. Toward the end of
the pregnancy, when the cervix thins, some blood
is released into the cervix which causes the mucus to become blood
y. As the woman gets closer to labor, the mucus plug discharges as the cervix begins to dilate. The plug may come out as a plug, a lump, or simply as increased vaginal discharge over several days.