When you become pregnant, several changes take place in your body. Vaginal discharge is one among those changes.
Although the discharge is usually not dangerous, it provides you some kind of inconvenience.
Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is usually referred to as leucorrhoea, a mild smelling milky discharge.
The vaginal discharge during pregnancy occurs due to an increased estrogen production and a greater blood flow to the vaginal area.
Vaginal discharge refers to the fluid or mucus that emits out of vagina.
The secretions from the cervix and vagina, old cells on the lining of the vagina, and normal bacterial flora from the vagina lead to excess discharge.
However, the mucus plug creates a protective barrier. It is a collection of secretions that form within the opening of the cervical canal. There will be even more vaginal discharge when you get closer to labor, during your pregnancy.
This extra vaginal discharge is a good indication that it is just a part of being pregnant and your body is maintaining the vagina clean and healthy. However when your cervix starts to dilute and widen, it will emit this mucus plug in the form of gelatinous drop that looks like egg white.
Sometimes, this discharge might be a drop with little bit of blood but never bother with this condition because it is normal during pregnancy, before giving birth to a child.
On the other hand, it is hard to differentiate the mucus with the leakage of amniotic fluid when your vaginal discharge during pregnancy is more.
Therefore, it is good to consult your physician when you do have any doubts because neglecting the condition can lead to severe problems for the baby.
Consult your physician immediately even if you notice an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy or a change in the discharge such as becoming watery, or bloody before your 37th week of pregnancy as it can be a sign of pre-term labor.
Pre-term labor, a labor that begins before the 37th week of pregnancy, can be prevented when caught soon enough and you can carry your baby full term.
Remember vaginal discharge during pregnancy and lower abdominal pains are all signs of entering pre-term labor or a sign that your uterus is stretching.
You may notice an infection that is odorless and a discomfort with the emission of whitish discharge, which usually cause itching or burning. A vaginal discharge during pregnancy when left untreated can lead to a yeast infection.
It is highly recommended for you to regularly check your vaginal discharge during pregnancy although you find no symptoms of irritation, itching or burning. This is because you may have foul-smelling, bubbly, yellow, green, or gray discharge if you have any kind of infection.
Also, never try to treat yourself with over the counter medications. Better consult your practitioner for a proper diagnosis in order to have right treatment.
Consult for your physician about bacterial vaginosis STD and its relevant symptoms.