Vaginal Discharge in Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings many changes in a female’s body. There are different hormones released during that phase. Pregnancy is a very crucial yet tender phase. The female has to take a lot of care and several precautions. Females experience different kinds of vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Some of them may be normal. But some discharges may be the body’s way to signal about a certain disease, complication or abnormality. It is necessary for the female to know exactly what a discharge indicates and when is she supposed to see a professional for help or consultation.

Normal vaginal Discharge during pregnancy

In general and healthy state also, a woman may have light vaginal discharge once in a while. There is no certain purpose or indication for them. Some of it may be normal but some might be your body’s indications for complications with the pregnancy or in general health. The color of the discharge alone does not define if it is normal or not. If any discharge is accompanied with pain, cramps, discomfort or any other abnormal symptoms, consult a gynecologist immediately.

Generally, the clear or white colored vaginal discharge called leukorrhea is considered normal and poses no threat. This discharge gives a mild odor. This discharge prevents vaginal and uterine infections during pregnancy. That is why this discharge increases with the pregnancy. During the last week of the pregnancy, this discharge is very happy. It is a normal thing to happen. Females may also see a pink-colored mucus with this discharge in the last days of the pregnancy. This sticky, pink colored mucus is the body’s sign to indicate that it is being prepared for the labor.

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Various other discharges during pregnancy.

Clear White or Milky White Discharge- Normal milky or clear white discharge is generally leukorrhea. The mild smell of the discharge is normal. If the discharge becomes more frequent or if its quantity increases, consult your doctor.

Lumpy White Discharge- Lumpy white vaginal discharge resembling cottage cheese may be a sign of a yeast infection. It is not a major thing during pregnancy. But if the pain or itching because of it increases, you should seek help.

Yellow or Green Discharge- A yellow or green colored discharge is not a good sign. It generally happens as a symptom of Sexually Transmitted Disease like Chlamydia or Trichomoniasis. The female may also experience symptoms such as itching, redness or pain around the genital area. Although, Sexually Transmitted Infections show no such symptoms. But, they are indeed harmful to both the mother and the infant.

pad showing yellow vaginal discharge.

Gray Discharge- Bacterial Vaginosis, a bacterial infection in the vagina causes gray discharge with a foul, fishy smell. Imbalance in the natural pH balance of the vagina caused because of excessive douching or having multiple sexual partners may result in Bacterial Vaginosis.

Brown Discharge- This happens during the early days of pregnancy. A female may observe brown discharge instead of her regular periods also. The flow of this discharge is very mild.

Pink Discharge- Commonly during pregnancy, pink discharge is seen around the last days of pregnancy when the body is preparing itself for labor. It is normal and is not bothering for the female.

Red Discharge- Red discharge is not normal and should not occur during pregnancy. If you see bright red colored discharge with or without blood clots. This may be a sign of miscarriage or some serious complication in the pregnancy. Immediate consultation is required in such a case.


cartoon showing pregnant female at gynecologist

Getting professional help is the safest and best answer here. Do not try home remedies or unprescribed medicines during pregnancy. A doctor is familiar with such situations and will provide the best solution for the betterment of all.

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