White discharge during pregnancy

White discharge during pregnancy

White discharge during pregnancy

It is very common to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Usually it is harmless, and not very different from the discharge you had before getting pregnant.

What is vaginal Discharge during pregnancy?

Vaginal discharge is musky smelling fluid that keeps your vagina clean. It comes from the cervix which is at the neck of the uterus. You will probably get more during pregnancy because more blood flows to the area.

The discharge is likely to increase heavily as the pregnancy advances. If you see a blood streaked mucous, then this is a sign that labor is likely to begin soon.

How to deal with white discharge in pregnancy

To deal with the increased discharge, follow these tips:

  • Keep your genital area clean and dry.
  • Use unscented soap and water while cleaning
  • Don’t use scented wipes.

Don’t wash the vaginal area with a hand held shower as it is likely to upset the normal bacterial balance. The acidic nature of the vaginal discharge helps the good bacteria and natural antibiotics keep infection at bay. Try to eat a cup of yoghurt (dahi) everyday as it contains good bacteria, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which may help keep a healthy balance of bacteria in your vagina.

Abnormal white discharge - When should you see a doctor?

Visit your doctor if you see discharge that is foul-smelling and is:

  • white/grey or watery
  • frothy, yellow/green
  • thick, curd/like

And if it pains or burns when you pee or have sex, or feel sore and itchy. Depending on the symptom, you may have thrush or bacterial vaginosis or an infection. The doctor will prescribe immediate treatment as any of these symptoms may lead to premature labor or higher risk of miscarriage.

Thrush in itself is not harmful, but it is very unpleasant to have.

Tips to prevent infections due to vaginal discharge in pregnancy:

. Use non-biological detergents to wash your panties.

  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumed bubble baths on your skin.
  • Wash your hands before and after touching your genitals.
  • Wear loose clothing and cotton panties.
  • Wipe from front to back after going to loo.
  • If you haven’t quit smoking yet, then quit now. Smoking makes you more prone to bacterial infection. It is harmful to your unborn baby.