Pregnant women may
cope with health issues like vaginal discharge. Read about the common causes of
vaginal discharge during pregnancy and tips for coping with this problem during
I am getting a white
discharge. Do I have an infection?
White vaginal discharge also referred to as
leucorrhoea is a normal and harmless during pregnancy. Usually the discharge
will keep on increasing in flow till the time of your delivery. To cope with
excessive discharge you may have to wear a sanitary pad during the last few
months of pregnancy. It is also important for you to keep the vaginal area
clean and dry. You must avoid wearing tight clothes and abstain from using
deodorants, soaps, bubble baths and perfumes. In case the discharge turns
yellowish, greenish or very thick you must immediately notify your doctor.
it normal to experience excessive vaginal discharge during pregnancy?
Leukorrhea or the odourless, mild-smelling milky discharge
can get excessive during pregnancy. This happens because of increased levels of
estrogens being produced by the body and greater blood flow to the vaginal
area. Vaginal discharge is made up of secretions from the cervix and vagina and
old cells from the walls of the vagina.
should you consult a doctor?
Signs of Preterm
Labour - In case the vaginal discharge becomes
watery, mucus-like, or bloody, even if it is lightly tinged with pink or
brownish old blood it could be a sign of preterm
labour. If you notice these changes before week 37 you must contact your
Signs of a Vaginal
Infection - If you have an odourless, whitish
discharge accompanied by symptoms like pain during urination or intercourse,
soreness, itching, burning sensation, inflammation of the vulva you may be
suffering from a vaginal yeast infection for which you must seek formal medical
Thin white or gray discharge with a fishy vagina odour
which becomes pronounced after sexual intercourse is a common symptom of
bacterial vaginosis. This is a vaginal
infection referred to as bacterial vaginosis
which happens because of the vaginal pH balance getting disturbed.
In case your discharge is yellow or green in colour and
frothy with an unpleasant odour, you may be suffering from a common sexually
transmitted disease Trichomoniasis. Some of the other symptoms of this
disease are a red, irritated, or itchy vulva or vagina and discomfort while
urinating or while having an intercourse.
During pregnancy even if you have the slightest doubt that
you may be suffering from infection of any kind please do not opt for self
treatment with the help of over-the-counter medications. Vaginal infections are
not easy to treat because of which it is important that you first consult a
qualified medical practitioner to correctly diagnose your condition and treat
can you do about vaginal discharge during pregnancy?
After ruling out the possibility of a vaginal infection
there is not much that you can do to keep a check on your vaginal discharge. To
manage the discharge you can do the following things:
Make use of panty liners to absorb the excessive discharge.
Please note that it is not safe to use tampons during pregnancy.
Ensure to keep your vaginal area healthy and clean.
Remember to always wipe from front to back. Instead of wearing panties made of
synthetic material wear cotton underwear. Avoid tight pants and nylons. Abstain
from having bubble bath, making use of scented pads or toilet paper, feminine
hygiene sprays, and scented soaps. Harsh chemicals contained in feminine
hygiene products are capable of disturbing the natural vaginal pH balance and
causing infections easily.
Abstain from douching since it can upset the normal balance
of vaginal flora and increase the risk of vaginal infection. Research studies
have indicated that in certain rare cases douching can introduce air into your
circulatory system through the vagina, which can cause serious pregnancy