Is Discharge During Pregnancy Normal?

By: South Florida Perinatal Medicine

Is Discharge During Pregnancy Normal?

Not many women are aware that a certain amount of discharge during pregnancy is normal. It may vary from time to time and it is important to monitor consistency and color to prevent any risks to the pregnancy. Early intervention and getting the specialized prenatal care you require increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Why is there vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

The cervix (neck of the womb) and vaginal walls get softer during pregnancy. The discharge increases to help prevent any infections travelling up from the vagina to the womb. This may increase towards the end of your term and is sometimes confused with urine. In the last week the discharge may contain thick mucus and some blood. Called “show”, this is a sign that your body is preparing for the birthing process. It happens when the mucus that is present in your cervix comes away.

While increase in discharge during pregnancy is normal, keep an eye on it and inform your doctor at the first signs of change or if you have any doubts. Healthy vaginal discharge should be clear, white and have no unpleasant smell.

When to contact your doctor about your discharge during pregnancy?

How to deal with discharge during pregnancy?

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