Vaginal discharge during pregnancy can also be a sign of problems and complications. For this reason, it’s very important to understand the various types of vaginal discharge.
women experience vaginal discharge throughout their lives, but especially so
during pregnancy. Girls usually start to have vaginal discharge shortly before
going through puberty and continue to have it throughout the rest of their
lives with it increasing during pregnancy and decreasing greatly after
menopause. Vaginal discharge during pregnancy certainly can be completely
normal and there is usually no reason to worry. However, vaginal discharge
during pregnancy can also be a sign of problems and complications. For this
reason, it’s very important to
understand the various types of vaginal discharge. That way you can know
what is normal and what is not so that you can get medical attention if
Why Vaginal Discharge
Increases During Pregnancy
discharge tends to increase when a woman becomes pregnant. This happens for
several reasons. One reason is simply that the
increased blood flow that naturally occurs during pregnancy causes an increase
in the amount of vaginal discharge. Additionally, the increase in pregnancy
hormones, such as oestrogen, can add to the increased vaginal discharge.
Purpose of Vaginal Discharge
increased vaginal discharge that women experience during pregnancy actually
plays a critical role in helping to prevent infections. The reason that the
increased vaginal discharge can help to
prevent infections is that normal vaginal discharge has high acidity. The
high acidity helps to keep away potentially harmful bacteria without harming
the naturally occurring beneficial bacteria in the vagina.
Normal Vaginal Discharge
and naturally occurring vaginal discharge is known as leucorrhoea. Leucorrhoea
is the same type of vaginal discharge that you should expect and experience
during your pregnancy, only in larger amounts. You’ll especially notice the
larger amounts if you were on the birth control pill prior to pregnancy as the
pill often reduces the amount of vaginal discharge a woman normally experiences.
This normal vaginal discharge of
pregnancy is typically either clear or milky white in colour. If it has any
odour, it should not be offensive, but might have a mild or even musky smell to
it. It’s very likely that it won’t have any odour at all, however.
How to Deal with Increased
Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal and harmless,
it can be annoying. There are some things that you can do to help you deal with
the annoyance of increased vaginal discharge during your pregnancy. One simple
thing you can do is to wear panty liners
during your pregnancy to absorb the increased vaginal discharge. Just make sure
to avoid scented panty liners as they can increase your chance of infection.
Regularly wearing panty liners during pregnancy can be irritating to some; if
that’s the case for you, an alternative option is to simply change your
underwear multiple times each day. You can also take care to keep the outside
of your vagina, or vulva, clean and dry using nothing other than water and
unscented soap. Wearing loose clothing
that allows airflow can be helpful as well when dealing with annoying
increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
Mucus Discharge in Late
late pregnancy, many women experience what is called “show”, “mucus show”, or
even “bloody show”. This “show”happens when the woman loses her mucus plug and it
is completely normal. In pregnancy, increased hormone production causes
increased cervical fluid. This fluid collects in the cervix, becomes very
thick, and forms a plug. The plug provides an additional layer of protection
for the baby throughout the pregnancy. As labour nears, the cervix begins to
dilate and soften which releases the mucus plug from the cervix. This can happen weeks, days or just hours
before labour begins. It can even happen during labour. When the mucus plug
is lost, it appears as a thick discharge from the vagina. It can happen slowly
over time or all at once. There may be streaks of red, pink or brown in the
mucus as well and this is also completely normal.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
it’s completely normal to experience vaginal discharge during pregnancy, sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign
that something is wrong. Anytime the vaginal discharge you experience
during your pregnancy is an abnormal colour, has a strange or offensive odour, is
irritating, painful, or itchy, you should seek advice from your pregnancy
health care provider. It can be a sign of an infection or other potential
problems. One of the most common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge during
pregnancy is thrush.
is a yeast infection that is common during pregnancy. While it can occur in
other places such as on the nipples or in the mouth, thrush typically occurs in
the vagina. It is caused by the overgrowth of a fungus known as candida.
Candida can be present in the vagina during pregnancy without causing any
problems, but when the natural balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina is
upset, candida can multiply and cause thrush. Signs of vaginal thrush during
pregnancy include inflammation, soreness, itchiness, dryness, redness, white
spots in the vagina, and thick white
vaginal discharge that can resemble cottage cheese. Thrush during pregnancy
is easily treatable but you should always consult your pregnancy health care
provider about treatment options as soon as possible.
Preventing Thrush During
there is no way to guarantee you won’t get thrush during your pregnancy, there
are some simple measures that you can take to help avoid it. These preventative
Wearing loose pants or skirts
Wearing cotton underwear
When using the loo, always wipe from front to back
Other Causes of Abnormal
Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
thrush is one of the most common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge during pregnancy,
it is certainly not the only cause of it. There are plenty of other things that
can cause abnormal vaginal discharge during pregnancy, such as:
STIs (Sexually transmitted infections)
Signs That Vaginal Discharge
During Pregnancy is Abnormal
at any point during your pregnancy, your vaginal discharge appears different
than normal, you should consult your pregnancy health care provider for advice
and to rule out any serious problems or conditions. However, there are specific things that you can look out for
when it comes to abnormal vaginal discharge during your pregnancy. If you
experience any of the following, please consult
your pregnancy health care provider as soon as possible.
Bright red or pink discharge
Thick white discharge similar in appearance to
Foul smelling discharge
Enjoy Your Pregnancy
of the time, vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal and there
is nothing to worry about. If you notice any changes in your vaginal discharge,
be on the safe side and consult your pregnancy health care provider. The
increased vaginal discharge of pregnancy can certainly be somewhat burdensome,
but remember that it won’t last forever,
and try to enjoy this precious time in your life as you await your dear bub’s
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