Sour Smelling Mucus Discharge

QUESTION

I recently went to the bathroom and when I wiped I had a mucus discharge with a very bad sour smell. What could this be? I have also had some cramping and bleeding last week.

ANSWER

ANY bleeding during pregnancy should be reported promptly to your provider. If you have a foul odor, it is possible that you have a vaginal infection; if so, it is best to get that treated promptly also.

So if you haven't seen your provider yet, a call would be in order.

Good luck.
~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.