When is vaginal discharge in pregnancy a warning sign of a problem?
Any discharge that is green, smells unpleasant, hurts or itches, or otherwise seems out of the ordinary may indicate an infection or another issue. Also, call your doctor or midwife right away if:
It can be challenging to determine when symptoms indicate a problem, and even if you don’t experience typical symptoms like itchiness, burning, or irritation, you still might have a vaginal or STI infection.
Do not attempt to treat yourself with over-the-counter medications or “feminine hygiene” products if you are in pain or suspect an infection. Many of these products are advertised in a way that makes you believe you have a problem when in fact you don’t And using them can aggravate an already sensitive area. Visit your healthcare provider instead to get the proper diagnosis and care.
What does creamy white discharge mean during pregnancy?
Even before pregnancy, having a mildly scented milky white discharge is perfectly normal. (Its called leukorrhea. Because your body produces more estrogen during pregnancy, which tells the vagina to produce more discharge, there is simply a lot more of it.
This discharge is composed of cervix and vaginal secretions, old cells, and typical vaginal bacteria. Healthy vaginal discharge is usually:
As labor approaches, you’ll probably also experience more vaginal discharge, though it might not look exactly like the flow you’re used to.
Urgent advice: Urgent
Immediately contact your midwife or doctor if you experience any vaginal bleeding while pregnant.