The early sign of approaching labor is the dramatic increase in vaginal discharge, referred as “the show”. The mucous plug gets released from the cervix opening, making a way for the labor to begin.
The increased discharge in late pregnancy is the result of an increased blood supply due to high levels of pregnancy hormones, mainly progesterone and estrogen. The increased blood circulation causes mucous lining to swell and turns vagina softer that inturn lead to increased discharge.
Certain women, who have been on contraceptive pills found these changes very shocking and intrigued as with usage of pills, the vaginal discharge gets reduced during usual menstrual cycle in comparison to cases, where no pills are used.
Possible Discharge In Late Pregnancy
Late pregnancy discharge changes may cause women’s genitals and vagina to look purplish or blue and the extra supply of blood may give heightened sexual sensations. These changes are more obvious when the baby engages into woman’s pelvis.
Due to increased vaginal discharge and hormonal changes, pregnant women become more prone to yeast infections. Yeast infections lead to a whitish, thick discharge from the vagina resulting in itching. Constant leucorrhea with much greater discharge or change in consistency may be the signs of uterine or vaginal infection or tumor or some gynecological disorders.
White And Curdy Discharge
When discharge appears to be curdy white that resembles cottage cheese in appearance, and possess a yeast odor, it is bound to be a candida yeast infection. The vagina may turn bright red and the redness even gets spread to the vulva region. The discoloration even can reach up to the anus, causing swelling and pain.
When leucorrhoea seems more gelatinous and clear, resembling a thick fertile cervical fluid, it must be the mucus plug secretion that gets expelled with approaching labour.
This can be only analyzed properly by an expert health practitioner or gynaecologist. Hence, it becomes all the more important to consult the doctor for any modification in vaginal discharge, during the later stages of pregnancy.
Amniotic discharge can be judged by sweet smell of the vaginal discharge, which develops when amniotic fluid becomes part of the secretion. Leucorrhoea is white and heavy discharge and the mucous plug is normally bloodstained.
Avoid inserting anything into the vagina, while one waits for the health practitioner to check and analyze. In case of heavy discharge, one may need to use sanitary napkins and those experiencing irritation and itching with a foul smell, should not delay visiting the gynaecologist.
Important Treatment During Late Pregnancy Discharge
Throughout pregnancy, oral medications are not considered safe, hence suppositories or vaginal creams are recommended to treat any vaginal infection that may appear.
Treating any yeast infection is a must as otherwise it may pass on to baby during delivery. Nystatin cream is preferred over rest as it is safe for both baby and the mother.
Prevention Of Discharge Abnormalities In Late Pregnancy
Ensure to have adequate rest, to help the body in fighting out infections naturally. Make use of cotton panties and do change them frequently. Always wipe off from vagina to anus end, to keep away the anal infection from reaching the vaginal area.
When colitis germs get collected around anal region, it could lead to non gonorrheal urethritis due to spread of infection into the vagina, while wiping away the feces. It is always better to keep the area clean and dry after every toilet visit and avoid all sorts of infections.