An increase in vaginal secretions is normal in pregnancy. But talk to your obstetrician if you see some strong odor, itching, discomfort or brownish hue color (presence of blood).
Is it me, or really have more vaginal discharge now that I’m pregnant?
It is quite common to have a greater amount of vaginal discharge (also called leukorrhea) during pregnancy.
Most of the causes are benign and normal.
This mucus, which has a milky appearance and practically has no smell, is caused by increased blood flow in the area of the vagina.
Not very different from the kind you had before getting pregnant–only the volume that is much larger according to BEAUTYPHOON.
For some women the mucus production increases as labor approaches.
How to deal with the secretions?
Remember that they are one of many temporary changes that come with pregnancy.
See what you can do every day to be more comfortable and prevent infections:
• keep the genital area clean
• Use neutral soaps, and just on the outside of the vagina
• Prefer cotton panties
• Prefer to wear baggy pants or skirts
• pay attention if daily scented panties protectors are not irritating the area
• do not wash the vagina with shower
• do not use tampons
• If necessary, press extra underwear with you to change throughout the day
• take yogurt or drinks with Lactobacilli alive. It is not proven that this helps maintain the balance of bacteria in the vagina, but as they are nutritious food, it’s worth a try
• decrease the amount of citrus or acidic foods, which can cause symptoms similar to those of candidiasis.
• only pass the toilet paper in the direction of the vagina to the anus, and never the other way around
• Try to reduce to the maximum the refined sugar in your food
• If you smoke, try to quit. Smokers are more prone to bacterial infections in the vagina.
What should I pay attention to talk to the doctor?
Talk to your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
• unpleasant smell or fish-like
• yellowish, greenish
• brown color that looks like coffee grounds. Can be a little bleeding.
• Looks too thick or cut
• Pain or burning sensation in time to pee or having sex
• sudden change in appearance or consistency of secretion
Depending on the symptoms, there may be a yeast infection or a bacterial infection that must be treated.
Candidiasis can go back and forth several times during pregnancy, even with treatment.
How do I know if what you’re seeing is not amniotic fluid?
Whenever you think you’re losing amniotic fluid, seek medical attention. Doctors have no way of knowing if the liquid is the amniotic sac or not.
Beware if you notice that the liquid is more to drain the secretions that you were having, or if you have traces of blood.
The amniotic fluid can have a smell similar to the bleach (bleach). A good trick is to place a clean absorbent and watching him after half an hour, to see if it’s soaked, wet or dry.
If you go to the doctor, take this pad with you.
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When the bag breaks in a woman with more than 37 weeks, doctors perform childbirth by up to 24 hours.
The loss of amniotic fluid before 37 weeks represents risk for the baby because it opens a door for the entry of serious infections.
The doctors will analyze whether it is better to do the premature birth or wait for some more time under controlled conditions (to the hospital).
I’m at the end of pregnancy and there was a very strange secretion. What is this?
As the birth approaches, you can have a much more voluminous secretion than usual, a little gelatinous, and even with some traces of blood.
Is mucous CAP, a layer of mucus that “cover” the uterus inside.
The output of the mucous plug is normal, but it doesn’t happen to all women.
Although it is a sign that the cervix is preparing for childbirth, doesn’t mean that the labor go to start soon.
The CAP can even regenerate and come out again a week later.
See how to identify if you have a yeast infection or not, and also read what you need to know about pregnancy sex