Keriorrheal discharge during pregnancy

Discharge during pregnancy: the color and consistency give away

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Don't worry, we don't want to suggest that you discuss your discharge at the next girls' evening. But still you have to know that what often and regularly ends up in your panties is nothing bad. Because all women have a discharge.

Actually, vaginal discharge is the wrong word in a healthy woman. Because what leaves its mark, sometimes more, sometimes less, in our underwear is usually the so-called cervical mucus. A natural product that is formed in the cervix and closes the cervix (and thus protects against germs and bacteria).

The cervical mucus changes its color and consistency depending on the cycle phase and can sometimes appear more and sometimes less.

Pregnant women in particular notice an increase in cervical mucus at an early stage in their pregnancy. At first this is quite normal, because pregnancy also changes the hormonal balance of women. In addition, the vaginal area is supplied with more blood and loosened up during pregnancy. So more discharge does not have to indicate an illness.

Can you tell if you are pregnant from the discharge?

Incidentally, it is a misconception that the cervical mucus can be used to tell whether fertilization was successful. Although one can draw conclusions about the cycle phase of a woman by closely observing the discharge, it is not possible to find out whether she is pregnant. Only a visit to the gynecologist or a pregnancy test will help.

It is true, however, that there may be slight bleeding when the egg cells implant. This can cause the discharge to be reddish in color for a few days.

Discharge During Pregnancy: What Is Normal?

Whether pregnant or not, a woman's discharge is very individual. This is especially true of the crowd. In most women, however, the discharge increases at first, especially in early pregnancy. As long as it is white, does not smell bad and there are no abdominal pain, everything is fine.

The increased discharge arises due to the increased blood flow to the vaginal area and also to protect mother and child. Because the mucus carries away possible germs, viruses and bacteria and closes the cervix. Discharge during pregnancy is first and foremost a sign of a good and healthy vaginal flora.

It is also not possible to say in general whether the discharge will decrease again in the course of pregnancy. With some women the amount decreases again as soon as their body has got used to the changed hormonal balance, with other women it remains the same.

Discharge During Pregnancy: When To See A Doctor?

During pregnancy, many women observe their bodies much more closely than usual. They notice small changes immediately and, because they are pregnant, many things quickly worry them. The vaginal discharge in particular always raises questions.

The "normal", healthy discharge during pregnancy is light, milky, or colorless and does not smell.

A change in discharge does not always require medical clarification, but of course the following applies: If you are very worried about your own health and that of your unborn child, you should rather seek more than too little advice from the gynecologist.

White discharge in pregnancy: what does it mean?

White discharge during pregnancy is quite normal as long as it is not painful or has an unpleasant smell.

If the so-called 'white flow' changes and becomes more crumbly and there is also burning and itching in the genital area, this indicates a fungal infection. In that case, you should ask your gynecologist for an examination. Untreated infection can lead to pregnancy complications.

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Brown discharge in pregnancy: what does it mean?

A brown discharge during pregnancy is initially frightening, but in fact it is not that unusual and under certain circumstances it is not bad either. The reason for the brownish coloration of the discharge can be minor internal injuries, for example after sex, a medical examination or problems with defecating (e.g. due to constipation).

Important: You should definitely see a doctor if the discharge is very much and rather red (this indicates a larger bleeding) or if in addition to the discharge there is burning or itching in the genital area. It could be an HPV infection.

You should definitely go to the doctor if you experience pain and cramps in the abdomen in addition to the brownish discharge, in order to rule out a miscarriage.

Yellowish discharge in pregnancy: what does it mean?

Yellow discharge during pregnancy is very often a sign of infection and should always be checked by a doctor. This can be a yeast infestation or a vaginosis, i.e. a disruption of the bacterial balance in the vagina. A foul-smelling yellowish discharge should definitely be clarified by a doctor, as well as accompanying itching or burning in the genital area.

With such an infection there is initially no danger to your unborn child, but the infection must still be treated. Because some infections can lead to complications such as premature labor, premature rupture of the bladder or premature birth. Your partner may also need treatment. Therefore: yellow discharge - off to the doctor.

By the way: A yellow discharge can also be a sign of an STD. This doesn't just apply to pregnancy.

Green Discharge In Pregnancy: What Does It Mean?

A greenish discharge, often in combination with itching and / or a nasty smell, is a sign of an infection and should be examined by a doctor immediately. The greenish color (more yellowish with a green tinge) can indicate viruses, bacteria or fungi. Your gynecologist can clarify which infection or sexually transmitted disease it is. He will make the diagnosis and find suitable therapy.

Important: You should refrain from self-diagnoses in general, but especially during pregnancy.

Clear discharge during pregnancy: is that amniotic fluid?

Towards the end of pregnancy, women become particularly nervous when liquid ends up in their panties. It is easy to distinguish whether it is normal discharge, a bit of urine or actual amniotic fluid.

Amniotic fluid has a slightly sweet odor and is therefore clearly different from odorless discharge or a few drops of urine. In addition, if the baby has already slipped into the pelvis, the amniotic fluid would drip steadily and not come off once. And if the baby is not yet in the pelvis, the amniotic fluid, as we know it from films, would come off like a surge and in large quantities.

If you are still unsure, it is best to contact your gynecologist or midwife and have it clarified.

Slimy discharge in pregnancy: what's behind it?

A few days before the expected due date, many women notice a slimy discharge or a slimy lump in their underwear. This is a sign of the imminent birth and therefore nothing to worry about.

During the course of pregnancy, the so-called mucus plug blocked the way to the cervix and protected the uterus from germs and bacteria. A few days before the birth, the cervix opens a little and the mucous plug loosens. Sometimes there is a little blood on it, but that too is nothing to worry about.

How do you recognize abnormal discharge during pregnancy?

The discharge of a healthy woman, whether pregnant or not, should always be one thing above all else: almost odorless. If it starts to smell bad, e.g. to smell fishy and also to change color, this indicates an infection. Other symptoms of an infection and thus pathological discharge are:

In these cases, a doctor should always be consulted and an examination carried out. Especially when it comes to pregnancy, you should ALWAYS have abnormal discharge examined. The attending gynecologist will choose the best treatment option for mother and child after a detailed examination.

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Important NOTE: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a visit to the doctor. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your gynecologist or midwife.