Vaginal discharge is just an increased amount of discharge than in normal circumstances. Increased vaginal discharge is one of the early indications of pregnancy. The discharge is problematic when it changes its thickness, amount and color. You need to be wary about it and should contact your doctor immediately if you see any suspicious changes.
Pregnancy makes cervix and vagina walls softer, this induces the body to discharge more fluid in order to prevent any infection that starts from vagina and can harm the baby inside the womb. Towards the end of pregnancy, this discharge increases in amount and at the near ending, discharge may contain bloods accompanying with mucus, which is known as ‘show’. This is a sign that your pregnancy time is about to end and your little one would be soon breathing.
Normal vaginal discharge is known as leucorrhoea which is a clear or milky white fluid with mild smell. This discharge prevents any kind of vaginal infections. If you see any other kind of discharge it can be an infection. Following are some types of it.
- Thrush: It is not a danger to you and your baby, but it will make you very uncomfortable while having thrush infection. Thrush looks like cottage cheese (paneer) and, it is thick and white substance. In thrush, you would feel itchiness all around your vagina. It can give you strong sting-like sensation while urinating. Vagina will look red and sexual intercourse would be painful.
- Bacterial vaginosis: A common infection that cause discharge of fishy smelled, thin, white or grey colored substance. BV should be diagnosed and treated earlier or it may bring complications in delivery, like premature birth and late miscarriage.
- Trichomoniasis: It is a common STD infection, caused by a special kind of parasite in the vagina. A green-yellow, thick or thin, fishy smelling substance and increased discharge are symptoms of trichomoniasis. Sexual intercourse becomes painful in trichomoniasis. Itchiness around vagina and between your thighs, and swelling in vagina are symptoms. It also should be cured earlier or it might create complications like decreased birth weight of baby.
Any other kind of suspicious bleeding, for instance, brown spotting or bleeding requires medical attention.
What should you do to prevent infections?
- Avoid using vaginal washes that contain harmful chemicals and deodorants. This can disturb natural balance of substance present over there and make the vagina prone to infection. You can use pH balanced products and unscented soaps though.
- If you discharge a lot, try to change panties frequently, using tampons can be dangerous in pregnancy.
- Go for a medical checkup of STD, both you and your partner, and make sure vagina is lubricated well before sexual intercourse.
- Follow balanced and healthy diet to keep your pregnancy healthy and mitigate the risks of vaginal infection.
Go to your doctor and discuss your vaginal discharge issues. They might be a symptom for an undiagnosed complication. Keep above points in your mind and prevent any kind of vaginal infection.
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