Discharge during pregnancy

With pregnancy, the woman’s body experiences lots of changes. As compared to her pre-pregnancy state, she produces more hormones. There is also an increased supply of blood in the body of the woman accompanied by mechanical changes. These ongoing changes in the body of the woman affect her to a large extent.

This also decides how her body would react to these specific changes. Her body may show certain signs and symptoms that may not seem usual to her anymore. Amongst these changes, vaginal discharge is more than normal and it is one of the major changes that take place when a woman gets pregnant [1].

Normal vaginal discharge

A milky white discharge, also known as leukorrhea is considered to be normal during the first trimester of pregnancy. A panty liner can be worn to feel comfortable, but avoid wearing tampons as they may introduce germs into your vagina and cause infections [2, 3]. Discharge during the early weeks of pregnancy indicates that the cervical plug is developing [4].

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Abnormal vaginal discharge

A vaginal discharge that is yellowish to greenish in color and foul smelling is considered to be abnormal. This is a warning signal that the concerned woman should get in touch with their health care provider at the earliest.

In addition, if women notice lot of clear discharge through vagina, that should also act as a warning signal. A clear discharge is indication that your amniotic fluid may be leaking and hence it is better to seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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How to deal with increased discharge

The following steps can be adhered to for dealing with increased discharge [5]:

It is always advised to keep the vagina dry and clean to prevent development of bacterial infections.

  • Never ever rinse out your vagina. This process is known as douching and would disturb the natural bacterial flora of your vagina.
  • Cleaning the outer side of vagina with plain soap and water is advised,
  • As far as possible wear loose clothing and avoid tight and fit underwear.
  • Stay away from uncomfortable non cotton fabric. It is always better to use cotton underwear, when you experience increased vaginal discharge.

When is vaginal discharge a sign of problem?

The following characteristics of vaginal discharge can indicate problem [5].

  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge that has a fishy type of odor
  • The discharge appears thick and curdy
  • The discharge is frothy and is yellow or green in color

All these signs can indicate thrush or bacterial infection. It is best to contact your doctor and receive treatment at the earliest before delivery of the baby.

Vaginal discharge during the third trimester of pregnancy

Pregnant women experience more of vaginal discharge during the third trimester of pregnancy. Vaginal discharge during this period indicates that the mucus plug that had taken shape during the early weeks is slowly shedding off. This further indicates that labor is in the process and may start soon.

Many women do not notice the shedding of the mucus plug, but may instead notice spotting or pinkish discharge that usually occurs after the plug has shed off. These signs are vital and should be reported to the doctor [6].

References:

  1. http://www.babycenter.com/0_vaginal-discharge-during-pregnancy_270.bc
  2. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/first-trimester-of-pregnancy
  3. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/vaginaldischarge.html
  4. http://www.babymed.com/infections-during-pregnancy/concerns-about-pregnancy-discharge
  5. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a270/vaginal-discharge-in-pregnancy
  6. http://www.babymed.com/pregnancy/vaginal-discharge-pregnancy

Published on January 12th, 2018 by under Uncategorized.
Article was last reviewed on January 12th, 2018.

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