The first signal of pregnancy noticed in women could be an increased vaginal discharge. The discharge remains quite normal and milky white, and is referred as ‘white flow’ or leucorrhea. The vaginal discharge remains odorless or has only a little odor during pregnancy.
Monitoring The Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
When the vaginal discharge is not accompanied by any itching, burning, or distinctive odor, it can be considered as early sign of pregnancy. In case, it shows a different color than milky white, smells bad and is itchy, one needs to seek gynecologist attention.
Modifications In Vaginal Discharge During Late Pregnancy
The increase in vaginal discharge is linked to elevated estrogen levels that shoot up as soon as a woman becomes pregnant, resulting in an increased blood flow in the vagina. Many women may notice the vaginal discharge as sign of ovulation, whereas, others may notice that while checking for their pregnancy status.
The early pregnancy discharge comprises of combined secretions from the cervix and the vagina, with typical bacteria and cells secretion, from the walls of the vagina. The cervical secretions happen to develop a mucus plug that creates a protective door to the womb and remains there until labor initiates. When cervix starts thinning out and gets dilated (open up), it expels the mucus that appear as egg white or as mucus discharge from a runny nose during cold days.
One may observe the mucus plug as a gelatinous glob, just before the start of labor that might appear as a discharge tinged with a little blood. Women, who have an understanding of the usual discharge throughout the entire month, will easily be able to comprehend an increase of vaginal secretions as the first indicator of pregnancy.
Various Discharge Signs During Late Pregnancy
Those, who experience a clear and thin discharge, it becomes little difficult to gauge, whether it is a mucus or amniotic fluid. Hence, one ought to consult gynecologist under such doubtful cases.
Alteration of discharge from milky white to watery, along with mucus or blood secretion, developing a pinky or brown tinged appearance could be the sign of preterm labor for women, who have still not reached 37 weeks of pregnancy.
In case of odorless and whitish discharge accompanied by soreness, itching, pain and a burning sensation with an inflamed vulva could be the sign of a yeast infection. Consult the gynecologist and get treated for yeast infections.
Women with grey or thin white discharge, accompanied by a fish like odor after sex (after getting mixed with semen) have possibly undergone a vaginal infection, termed as bacterial vaginosis.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
A yellow green or frothy discharge, with an unpleasant odor may be the sign of sexually transmitted infection or some other vaginal infection.
But, when in addition to yellow green frothy discharge, the vaginal discharge look red, itchy with irritated vagina or vulva and show discomfort during intercourse or urination, it is the sign of trichomoniasis, a commonly occurring sexually transmitted disease.