Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy

Your body goes through a tremendous number of changes when you’re pregnant. While some body changes, such as sore breasts, morning sickness or the growing belly are more noticeable, others aren’t quite as obvious. Still, when you do notice one of those more minor changes, chances are you’re not sure right away whether it’s a normal part of pregnancy or whether it’s something that’s not supposed to happen. This is often the case with vaginal discharge during pregnancy.

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is often at least a little bit different than it is when you’re not pregnant. During pregnancy, vaginal discharge is usually think, whitish, milk, and may have some mild smell.

It’s important that you follow some basic care rules during pregnancy in regard to vaginal discharge. Never use a tampon during pregnancy, because they can introduce germs into the vaginal environment. Don’t douche, as this can disrupt the normal bacterial balance and cause an infection. You should also not assume that vaginal discharge during pregnancy is an infection and try to treat it as such.

You can use panty liners during pregnancy if you wish in order to make yourself more comfortable. There are also some signs of an abnormal vaginal discharge during pregnancy that you should watch for.

If your vaginal discharge during pregnancy is green or yellow in color, has a strong smell or is also accompanied by itching and redness, it can indicate that there is a vaginal infection. Yeast infections are especially common during pregnancy, and they are easily treated by your doctor. Don’t try to treat a yeast infection on your own during pregnancy.

Another possible cause of an abnormal vaginal discharge during pregnancy is an STD. In some cases, spotting can also be possible during pregnancy, but you should always mention it to your doctor. If you have spotting, or if you have bleeding at all, talk to your doctor right away. This is especially important if it lasts for more than a day or if it is also accompanied by pain or abdominal cramping.