Watery Discharge during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, many pregnant women are surprised by vaginal discharge. However, it is completely normal and nothing to worry about. During the later stages of pregnancy, watery discharge can increase. This discharge is produced by the vagina and it is usually an odorless fluid; it can be very thin and liquidly, but sometimes has the consistency of egg whites.
Watery Discharge during Pregnancy – Causes:
- An increase of the hormone estrogen present in your body.
- An Increase of the flow of blood to the vagina.
- Red color can be visible in watery discharge in early pregnancy due to spotting from the implantation of the egg. Then the discharge will be clear or whitish in color.
How to Deal With Watery Discharge during Pregnancy
- No medical treatment can stop watery discharge during pregnancy. However, one can maintain hygiene and cleanliness in order to manage the discharge.
- You may use sanitary pads or panty liners in order to stay clean and feel fresh.
- Tampons should not be used in pregnancy.
- Keep your vaginal area clean and dry.
- Wipe your vaginal area from front to back
- Do not wear tight undergarments or wear ones made of synthetic material. Stick to cotton. It is a breathable fabric, and you will have much less chance of developing a rash from the extra moisture.
- Do not opt for douching as it may disturb the balance of vaginal flora.
- If there is any concern, seek medical advice from your obstetrician.
When to Call a Doctor?
- After 28 weeks of pregnancy, if you observe excessive watery discharge, consult a doctor.
- If you experience discomfort in the genital regions such as burning, itching and tingling.
- Change in the color and odor of watery discharge.
- Color changes can indicate the beginning of premature labor or vaginal infection.
- If you pass what looks like a larger amount of discharge during your third trimester, which is thicker and the size of a strawberry. You have passed the mucus plug. It is a sign that labor is beginning.
During pregnancy, your body goes through a number of changes which are normal. All these changes are essential for the development of the fetus. If you are worried about the color and odor of your discharge, consult your doctor..