Vaginal Discharge during Pregnancy

Vaginal flow during pregnancy losses they may be different to that women experience at other stages of their lives, according to the menstrual cycle. But the majority of losses are normal and should not worry.

Clear and Milky flow is very similar to that women tend to have before your menstrual period, although it can sometimes be more abundant, what is known as “vaginal discharge”. Due to this increase in intensity, many women prefer to wear a panty liner or small compress to feel more comfortable and safe.

What should not be used during pregnancy to keep vaginal discharge are buffers, since they could lead to the emergence of an infection. It is advisable also a cotton underwear and keep the genital area clean and dry to prevent infections, but without reaching the obsession.

This point is necessary, since if we too often wash the area we can remove the natural protective flora of the vulva and experience discomfort while facilitating the entry of bacteria and cause bacterial vaginitis. With the daily shower (or two showers,) in the morning and in the evening is enough.

This type of flow is most abundant during pregnancy in part due to the increased production of estrogen and increased the blood risk towards the vaginal area.

When should vaginal discharge during pregnancy we care?

In the same way that this whitish flow is normal, you can have others types of flow during pregnancy which indicate the presence of an infection. In this sense, the symptoms of vaginitis would be the presence of a stream of yellowish, greenish or thick, accompanied by odor, burning, itching, redness or pain.

In these cases must go to the doctor (even though we have suffered any similar infections in the past and think that we know how to treat it) and this will confirm the infection and will send the appropriate treatment, which will depend on the type of infection.

  • For yeast infections that could spread to the baby during childbirth specialist may be prescribed suppositories, gels, ointments, or vaginal creams (it’s a recurrent infection that usually return after childbirth).
  • In case of a bacterial vaginitis, the doctor prescribed an immediate oral treatment.

If we have a sexually transmitted infection is recommended not to have sex until the woman and her partner no longer have the infection, or the use of condoms.

Remember at this point the tips to prevent vaginal infections during pregnancy: moderate and not excessive personal hygiene, dry after the shower to avoid that the area of the vulva is wet, avoid tight clothing, always of wipe front to back after going to the bathroom…

Fake vaginal discharge and warning signs

Of course, if that notice is not loss of flow but blood loss during pregnancy, should go to the doctor in the case of small losses and urgently to the hospital if it is the case of a lost wealth because of the risk of abortion.

The same thing would happen if the losses are not flow but of amniotic fluid, which could happen in the final stretch of pregnancy.

Also at the end of gestation can notice a sudden increase in mucous, thick, color flow transparent or yellowish or Brown, sometimes dyed blood, with pinkish or reddish tones: this could be the pregnancy than mucous plug is this shedding, which indicates that the time of the birth is approaching.

But as we have explained, in the case of the vaginal discharge during pregnancy We must distinguish between the normal losses that should not worry (white, Milky, odorless or slight odor) and those that may indicate that there is an infection (in colour different to white and foul-smelling).