Pregnancy discharge is just one of the many changes your body goes through when you are pregnant. It varies in color and odor, depending on various factors. While the smell may be particularly different during pregnancy, it should not be the cause for alarm. However, a thick white clumpy discharge or a thick gray discharge may be a sign of infection or other condition.
Pregnancy Discharge: A Reference Guide
1. Normal: Thin and Clear/Milky Discharge
Thin and clear or milky discharge is standard vaginal discharge. These are by-products of the natural housekeeping function of a woman’s reproductive system. This is called leukorrhea and is normal during pregnancy. Unless coupled with other alarming symptoms such as itchiness or irritation, it is pretty safe and normal.
2. Normal: Thick and Clear/Milky Discharge
Thick and clear or milky discharge that is clumpy may be a sign of yeast infection. This type of vaginal discharge may be coupled with itchiness, redness, or soreness in the vagina. Nevertheless, yeast infections are normal for pregnant women due to hormonal changes. While this is normal for pregnant and non-pregnant women, it is still best to consult your doctor to rule out other harmful conditions such as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
3. Not Normal: Gray and Fishy Discharge
— ASHA (@InfoASHA) November 17, 2017
Gray and fishy-smelling discharge may be a sign of a bacterial infection. If this vaginal discharge is coupled with itchiness or burning, it may be bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the healthy bacteria inside the vagina falls out of balance with harmful bacteria. Though many women experience BV it should not be considered a normal symptom associated with reproductive health, especially during pregnancy. Bacterial vaginosis can potentially harm you and increases the risk of premature delivery if not treated.
4. Not Normal: Yellow or Green Discharge
Normal discharge may turn yellow when mixed with air so a yellow pregnancy discharge is safe and normal. However, if this vaginal discharge is coupled with a foul smell or pus, you may have an infection and should consult with your doctor immediately. Likewise, a green discharge is alarming and should be reason enough to visit a health professional.
Moreover, a yellow or green discharge may be a sign of STD. Symptoms of chlamydia and symptoms of gonorrhea include vaginal discharge or burning with urination. On the other hand, symptoms of trichomoniasis include vaginal discharge, itchiness, and foul odor in the genital area.
5. Normal: Urine
Leaking urine during pregnancy is normal. This happens because the uterus grows and applies excess pressure to the bladder. To control leaking urine while pregnant, you can do kegel exercises regularly.
Womens Fitness shares how you can keep your genital area clean during pregnancy to avoid odor caused by pregnancy discharge:
Regardless of texture, color, or odor, it is always safer to consult with your doctor if you have any questions regarding your discharge during pregnancy. Meanwhile, it is best to practice good hygiene and avoid using beauty products not recommended during pregnancy. This will help ensure you do not irritate or aggravate your most sensitive areas.
Have you experienced any of the symptoms included in the list? Share your pregnancy stories with us in the comments section below.
Up Next: Top 21 Cute Baby Girl Names for 2017