It is quite common to experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, and there is nothing to be alarmed about, unless there is some other cause.
The most dependable symptom to detect pregnancy is to check for the white discharge that is released from vagina in the first week of your missed periods. The quantity of the discharge increases as one nears the date of labour. Also, this fluid can be a great indicator for you to measure and check in case of infections. The fluids produced by the cervix clean the vaginal canal and prevent infections in the area. However, infections or other complications are often reported by women. They need to make a distinction between normal and abnormal vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy is called leukhorrhea. The component of this discharge is made up of matured cells from the vaginal walls and bacteria present in the vagina. At times, this discharge might carry tinges of blood. This should not raise any alarm as the blood is released due to the rupturing of the mucus plug. Besides this, if the discharge during pregnancy is thin, milky white in colour and mildly smelling then there is nothing to worry about.
Vaginal discharge is helpful in detecting preterm labour symptoms. During this time, the discharge might either turn watery or blood red or turn more mucus-like. In such cases, call your gynaecologist at the earliest. This discharge is the same as what you noticed before being pregnant. Just that the amount of it has increased because of the increased production of oestrogen and blood flow to the vaginal area. The flow of this discharge increases as you come close to the day of labour but it would look different from the kind of flow you have experienced till now.
As mentioned vaginal discharge during pregnancy is normal however, heavy flow and noticeable bleeding calls for immediate medical attention. In addition, greenish, yellowish and strong smelling vaginal discharge must be also given immediate attention.
If discharge during pregnancy is not due to vaginal infection then you can do nothing to stop it. Some prudent ways to manage your vaginal discharge during pregnancy are:
It is always safe to get checked in order to be sure that there is nothing very serious or the discharge is not due to any other complicated cause.
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