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Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy- Need To Worry Or Not?

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy- Need To Worry Or Not?

Experiencing vaginal discharge (Leucorrhoea) is common during pregnancy. It can be experienced at different times in pregnancy and in different forms. Usually it’s like a mild musky and smelly fluid. Discharge is produced because of increased level of estrogen and greater blood flow to the vaginal area. This discharge comprises of secretions from the cervix, old cells from its walls and normal bacterial flora from vagina. You would probably notice more vaginal discharge as you move towards your labor, even though it’s likely to look somewhat different from the flow you’ve become accustomed to. Let us now discuss some forms of discharges.

Early pregnancy vaginal discharge- One can have a thick or creamy white vaginal discharge in early pregnancy. This kind of discharge is one of the first signs of pregnancy and it’s completely normal.

Some situations to worry about-

  1. Signs of Preterm Labor- Contact your doctor immediately if you are under 37 weeks and discharge suddenly increases or discharge’s type changes. This could be a preterm labor sign.
  2. Signs of Vaginal Infection- If you experience an odorless white discharge causing pain or discomfort while urinating or during sex; itching, burning and soreness are common causes of infection. OR if you experience gray or thin white discharge with an unpleasant smell, you may be suffering from an infection (bacterial vaginosis). OR Yellowish green discharge having an unpleasant odor signifies trichomoniasis or STI.

Remember: If you feel like an infection, avoid treating yourself, it is advisable to first see your doctor for a diagnosis.

  1. Changes in Vaginal Discharge- You need to call your doctor in case the release is odd smelling and unpleasant, wet and white or grey, yellow or green and frothy, thick and curd like.

Some preventive tips-

  • Avoid using vaginal deodorants, scented soaps, antiseptic liquid or bubble baths.
  • Use non-biological detergents when washing your undergarments.
  • Lubricate your vagina before intercourse.
  • Wear loose lowers.

Prefer to take live yogurt every day. It contains live cultures (probiotic lactobacillus acidophilus), which helps in maintaining a healthy vaginal PH.

You might find this chart on vaginal discharge useful: http://medimetry.com/2015/09/07/pregnancy-vaginal-discharge/

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