It is important to be knowledgeable and aware of what is considered normal during pregnancy in order to inform your health care provider about any changes that may appear abnormal. Generally, during pregnancy, it is normal to experience discharge from the vagina. Vaginal discharge diminishes and flows throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle under the influence of hormonal secretions. Once you become pregnant, hormones continue to play a role in the changes to your vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge is one of the early signs of pregnancy. As pregnancy progresses, this discharge usually becomes more noticeable, and it’s heaviest at the end of pregnancy. However, it can be present throughout pregnancy. It plays an important role in preventing infections keeping the vagina at a normal pH level thus flushing away bacteria and getting rid of dead cells.
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy is called leukorrhea and is expected to be thin, white, clear, milky, and mucoid inconsistency with or without a very mild smelling. The amount varies as the stage of pregnancy. When noticed, use pant liner if you feel uncomfortable, do not douche, and avoid vaginal wipes and tampons as they may introduce infection.
Signs of abnormal discharge
- Greenish or yellow discharge
- Thick discharge
- Frothy or Cheesy discharge with a strong odor.
- Discharge accompanied by redness and itchy vulva; all these indicate the presence of infection which should be reported promptly
- A watery discharge may indicate leakage of amniotic fluid
- Spotting or persistent pinkish or brownish discharge
Vaginal discharge is normal in pregnancy and isn’t cause for worries or concern.
However, for any change in normal discharge, check with a doctor at eDokita for prompt intervention. eDokita is a health technology organisation with health professionals in providing health services to you at your own convenience. Download eDokita app today and have a direct access to a helath care provider.