When you become pregnant your body undergoes a variety of changes. One of the first changes you may experience is in your vaginal discharge. It is important that you are aware of the normal changes during pregnancy and inform your doctor about any changes that may appear abnormal.
What is normal vaginal discharge?
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy called leukorrhea is thin, white, milky and mild smelling. Leukorrhea is normal and nothing for you to worry about.
During pregnancy do not:
- Use tampons (they can introduce new germs into the vagina)
- Douche (this can interrupt the normal balance and lead to a vaginal infection)
- Assume that it is a vaginal infection and treat it yourself
During pregnancy do:
- Use panty liners if it makes you more comfortable
- Notify your doctor at your appointment of any changes
What is abnormal vaginal discharge?
If the vaginal discharge is green or yellowish, strong smelling, accompanied by redness, or itching, you may have a vaginal infection. One of the most common vaginal infections during pregnancy is candidiasis, also known as a yeast infection. Your doctor can easily treat vaginal infections. Other causes of abnormal discharge during pregnancy could also be a sign of an STD.
When should I notify my doctor about my vaginal discharge?
You should notify your doctor any time there is a change in normal pregnancy discharge. NEVER try to diagnosis and treat yourself. Spotting during pregnancy can be normal but should be mentioned to your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience spotting or bleeding that lasts longer than a day and is accompanied by cramping or pain.
Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association