Everything you need to know about vaginal discharge during pregnancy

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal. Learn more about ordinary vaginal discharge, smelly vaginal discharge and other changes that can happen during pregnancy.

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It’s not the most glamorous of subjects, but vaginal discharge is a fact of life. All women have some vaginal discharge. It starts in the year or two prior to puberty, and continues throughout life, coming to a stop after the menopause. Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal, and helps prevents infections reaching the uterus from the vagina. We answer all your questions about vaginal discharge during pregnancy…

What sort of vaginal discharge during pregnancy can I expect?

Just like the inside of your mouth and nostrils, the inside of your vagina is covered in mucous membrane, called vaginal discharge. This is produced by the body to moisten and cleanse the vagina.

The mucus which is made in the vagina in pregnancy, plays a part in protecting your developing baby from infections.

What does normal vaginal discharge look like?

Usually, this thin, milky, mild-smelling discharge is clear in colour but may look white or off-white when it is seen outside of your body, on your underwear or toilet tissue for example.

How will vaginal discharge change as my pregnancy goes on?

The amount and consistency of vaginal discharge will vary from day to day. Some days you might have more vaginal discharge than others, and some days it might be thicker or waterier. You might notice fluctuations but the important thing to remember is that vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal, and 43% of women say they experienced an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy. The amount of vaginal discharge during pregnancy can possibly increase until term, sometimes becoming quite heavy.

When should I check with the doctor?

An increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is completely normal. However, it’s a good idea to see your doctor if you notice sudden changes in vaginal discharge during pregnancy, or if you experience smelly vaginal discharge during pregnancy, or if you experience blood loss.

How can vaginal discharge during pregnancy suddenly change?

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy might change in colour. becoming yellow, green or grey. Or it might be an odour change, becoming strong or bad, so you might notice smelly vaginal discharge. The amount or consistency might change, or it could start causing pain, itching or burning.

You should see a doctor if you experience any of these changes to vaginal discharge during pregnancy because they may indicate an underlying problem like an infection, or the vaginal discharge may be amniotic fluid.

Spotting during pregnancy is not uncommon, especially during the early stages. It’s often nothing to worry about, although you should still call your midwife or GP immediately if you have any bleeding from your vagina during pregnancy, just to be on the safe side.

How can I keep feeling fresh?

When experiencing vaginal discharge, some women find it comfortable to use pantyliners, that protect their underwear and to help them feel fresh and clean every day. Always Dailies Extra Protect Liners are so thin and light, you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

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