Pregnancy

Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your body experiences various changes. The very first change you observe is a change in vaginal discharge. Most women worry about this; however, excessive discharge is very common. It is very important that you are aware of the changes in discharge during pregnancy which normally occur. Your healthcare provider may inquire about this throughout the pregnancy.

Normal Vaginal Discharge:

Leukorrhea is the thin, milky or white and mild smelling vaginal discharge observed during pregnancy. This is very common and should not cause concern.

What to Avoid during Pregnancy:

Douching:

This interrupts the normal balance and results in vaginal infection.

UsingTampons:

These introduce new germs into vagina.

  • Treating Unusual Symptoms Yourself
  • You are not a physician. Never attempt to self-diagnose or self-treat.
  • If you feel uncomfortable with the discharge, use panty liners.
  • Notify your health care provider if you observe any changes.

Things to Do during Pregnancy:

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy:

Take heed of vaginal discharge that is yellow or greenish and has a strong smell. This may sometimes be accompanied by redness or itching; this could indicate a vaginal infection. “Candidiasis” is the most common vaginal infection during pregnancy; it is also known as a yeast infection. A health care provider can easily treat a vaginal infection.  Another cause of abnormal discharge may be a sexually transmitted disease (STD) which requires immediate attention from a healthcare provider.

When to Consult the Healthcare Provider about Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy?

Notify the healthcare provider when you observe any changes in the normal vaginal discharge. Spotting is very common during pregnancy, but should be mentioned to a healthcare provider. Immediately notify a healthcare provider, if spotting or bleeding lasts for more than one day and is accompanied by pain and cramps.

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