Q&A: What kind of vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy?Beth M. Iovinelli, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Most of the time vaginal discharge is normal. The combination of increased blood flow to this area and increased estrogen will cause an increase in whitish mucousy discharge, also known as leukorrhea. Leukorrhea is what many women experience even when they are not pregnant at different times in their cycles.
If you experience discharge that causes itching or you notice that your labia are red, you may have a yeast infection. Before you treat yourself with an over-the-counter product, always check with your doctor. It may be a common yeast infection or something else that may need to be treated differently. Discharge with a foul odor or that is yellow or green could be symptomatic of a sexually transmitted disease or other infection.
What can you do?
- Wear panty liners to absorb discharge.
- Always wipe from front to back.
- Wear cotton panties to help with good airflow to the area.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Don’t use scented sprays or wipes.
- Never douche!
- Check with your healthcare provider first!
If you see any blood mixed with any vaginal discharge, let your practitioner know right away. This may be a sign that you are going into labor. If the fluid is thin and clear, you may have broken your water.