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Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

During pregnancy there are so many changes in your body it can be hard to keep up with them. You feel bloated, your breasts are changing, and you may also have a constant vaginal discharge. Generally, while discharge is normally not dangerous, it can be inconvenient.

So what causes the discharge? As your waistline expands, and your hormones change new blood circulation in the vaginal area causes the increase in discharge known as leukorrhea. It shouldn’t smell, and it is normal. It is your body’s way of flushing out bacteria that could harm you or your baby.

There is something you can do though about the discomfort that this vaginal discharge may cause you. Changing your clothes often and wearing panty liners or maxi pads will help keep the wetness down. Douching will not help get rid of the discharge, and it could also introduce bacteria to your uterus, so you shouldn’t douche at all while pregnant.

During the third trimester, towards the end of your pregnancy, you may notice an increase in the amount and consistency of the discharge. Where it once was thin, it might be getting thicker and may be tinted with blood. This discharge is known as your mucus plug and your body expelling the plug signifies that labor is a few weeks away.

Anytime you have discharge during pregnancy that is colored, heavier or thicker than normal you should see your doctor. In some rare cases it could be a sign of vaginal infection or a problem with your pregnancy. Problems could include a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or a STD. In most of these cases there are preventative measures that your doctor or midwife can do to solve any problems you may be having.

As always, if you have any fear that your discharge is not normal, or if you have any questions, ask your provider. It is their job to answer your questions and to reassure you that everything is going normally with your pregnancy.

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8 Comments on "Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy"

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4 years 9 months ago

I had unprotected sex with my lover alot about a month and a half ago ..about a week ago I started having brown like discharge so I went to the dr im std free have no infections but he said im not pregnant could it had been to soon

5 years 10 months ago

3rd trimester of pregnancy and im having a greenish leaky discharge, no itching or burning and no odor… but im very worried it might be something more….

6 years 1 month ago

i am 37 weeks pregnant and am having heavy flow of watery with little mucus discharge .but i dont even feel back pains nor contractions it ok ? or normal ? because some of my elders here that im hust leasining my water

7 years 1 month ago

at 7 weeks it wouldn’t be a mucus plug but it may be some blood. I would check with your ob. sometimes you can spot a little when your period would be due.

8 years 5 months ago

i’m almost 7 weeks bregnant i have brownish discharge is that normal.

8 years 8 months ago

I have been having a green-yellowish discharge. I’m 24 weeks pregnant. it seem to increase on some days and not so bad on others maybe not at all on other days.

9 years 2 months ago

brown tinged discharge could be blood in it…it might be your mucus plug if you are worried check with your ob

9 years 2 months ago

i have brownish discharge

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