Vaginal Discharge During Early Pregnancy: What’s Normal?

Vaginal Discharge During Early Pregnancy

February 25, 2019

Vaginal Discharge During Early Pregnancy

Vaginal Discharge During Early Pregnancy
Vaginal Discharge During Early Pregnancy

You knew you were going to get a lot of weird pregnancy symptoms, but you may not have had an idea about what was going to appear on your undies. Early pregnancy discharge can be kind of surprising, if we’re being honest. Here’s what you should know about discharge during early pregnancy—and beyond.

What Does Early Pregnancy Discharge Look Like?

After you become pregnant, you might notice an increase in your usual discharge (called leukorrhea), thanks to more estrogen in your system and an increase in blood flow.

This normal early pregnancy discharge is thin, milky white and has a mild smell. And, really, you can have it any time during pregnancy. Expect it to increase as the months go on.

Early Sign of Pregnancy: Discharge

If you’re not pregnant yet, and you’re wondering whether or not your discharge could be an early sign of pregnancy, the answer is…well, maybe. Discharge isn’t one of the most common early signs of pregnancy, but since in early pregnancy—and pregnancy in general—discharge can increase, there’s a small chance this could be a signal you’ve conceived.

Also, take note that spotting—or early pregnancy discharge that’s a little brown or pink and lasts only a day or so—could be implantation bleeding, which can definitely be an early sign of pregnancy.

What Kind of Early Pregnancy Discharge is Normal?

Normal early pregnancy discharge is milky, white leukorrhea and sometimes spotting. Your cervix is sensitive while you’re pregnant, so you may notice light spotting after sex.

Different Types of Discharge During Early Pregnancy

Look for anything out of ordinary with your early pregnancy discharge. This may include:

  • Smelly: Early pregnancy discharge with a fishy smell could signal a vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis.
  • Thick: If your early pregnancy discharge has a cottage cheese-like consistency, it could be caused by a yeast infection.
  • Colorful: Yellow or green early pregnancy discharge could be due to an STD called trichomoniasis.
  • Itchy: If you’ve got an itch down there, or a burning sensation, and/or inflammation alongside your early pregnancy discharge, you might have a yeast infection.
  • Bleeding: Bleeding during pregnancy isn’t always a sign of miscarriage, but it should always be checked out ASAP. And even though spotting is usually not cause for concern, definitely tell your doctor if you’re having it, so they can rule out any problems.

See your healthcare provider if you notice any of the above discharge in early pregnancy and beyond (for instance, when it’s later in your pregnancy, discharge that all-of-a-sudden becomes really thin or really thick could be a sign of preterm labor.) Don’t assume you have a certain condition (like a yeast infection) and try to treat it yourself without your healthcare provider’s go-ahead. It’s important to get a proper diagnosis of your abnormal early pregnancy discharge, so it can be treated correctly.

How to Deal with Discharge During Pregnancy

If you think your discharge is interesting now, just wait. You might be surprised how much your discharge can increase between early pregnancy and late pregnancy. But don’t use tampons or douche, both of which can increase your risk of infection. Wearing pantiliners or absorbent underwear like Thinx can help if you’re experiencing a lot of discharge. They might come in handy with those random bladder leaks too.

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