Know about the Ordeal of Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 08, 2011
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  • Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy is called leukhorrhea.
  • At times, this discharge might also carry tinges of blood.
  • To deal with it you must keep your vaginal area healthy and clean.
  • Seek medical help if you think you may be suffering from a medical condition.

It is quite common to experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, and there is nothing to be alarmed about, unless there is some other cause.


vaginal discharge during pregnancyThe 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

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.

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy

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.

Some examples of excessive and abnormal vaginal discharge are:

  • If you have an odourless, whitish discharge that's causing you discomfort such as pain after urination or intercourse, and itchy, sore or burning sensation is experienced.  All these accompanied by an inflamed vulva is a sure sign of abnormal vaginal discharge caused by candidiasis (yeast infection).
  • The yellow or green, frothy discharge with an unpleasant odour can be caused due to trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease. You can identify this disease from a red, irritating, itchy vagina which makes you uncomfortable during intercourse or while urinating.
  • A thin white or gray vaginal discharge that gives a fishy smell after sex, as it mixes with semen, is the symptom of a vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis.
  • If you have an inflammation or any sign of an infection, do not depend on over-the-counter medications for treatment. Get the symptoms diagnosed and get the right treatment.


Dealing with Vaginal Discharge

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:

  • Using panty liners is a good way to prevent the mess of vaginal discharge.
  • Never use tampon during pregnancy as they can bring in germs to vagina.
  • Keep your vaginal area healthy and clean, always wipe from front to back and always wear cotton panties.
  • Avoid tight pants, scented sanitary pads, nylons, bubble bath and perfumed toilet paper.
  • If the vaginal area is neglected or kept unclean it tends to attract dust and germs. This is when the fluid starts giving out an odour. Washing of the area with antiseptic followed by an immediate consultation with your doctor can cure you from the infection.

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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