It is quite common to have more vaginal discharge during pregnancy, it is what we call normal leukorrhea. The characteristics are that it is odorless or with a slight whitish odor, without being accompanied by any other symptoms such as itching or stinging.
There are two reasons why pregnant women have more flow: on the one hand increased estrogens, and on the other the increased blood flow to the area. Also, as we get closer to the due date, the flow will increase and it may become thicker than normal.
However, there are many doubts that women present in the consultation about the flow. We will see the different varieties of vaginal discharge and the warning symptoms for a possible infection.
1. Mucous plug: In early pregnancy, secretions from the cervix create a barrier that protects the inside of the uterus. As the cervix begins to thin and dilate with the first contractions, this mucus can be expelled, either little by little, with a gelatinous appearance that can be accompanied by threads of blood or suddenly in the shape of a mucous cylinder, brownish in color . The expulsion of the plug is not a reason to go to the emergency room, the only thing that tells us is that the delivery is near.
2. Vaginal candidiasis: odorless, abundant, whitish discharge (like yogurt) that causes itching or burning, or swelling of the vulva. During pregnancy, this type of infection is quite frequent and it is necessary to treat with an antifungal.
3. Bacterial vaginosis: white or grayish discharge with a bad smell (especially after sexual intercourse). It is also necessary to go to the doctor for treatment.
4. Trichomoniasis: foamy discharge that is yellow or green in color and also has a strange odor, accompanied by itching, irritation, pain, burning, and redness of the vagina and labia. You could also have discomfort when urinating or having sex. It is a sexually transmitted disease that needs treatment.
In any of those cases, if you think you have an infection, don't try to treat yourself with over-the-counter medications. The symptoms are not always easy to distinguish, which is why it is important that you first consult your doctor or midwife so that you can make a diagnosis and thus be sure that you will receive the appropriate treatment.
To maintain good hygiene in the genital area, always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom, and wear cotton underwear. Avoid tight pants, nylon, bubble baths, scented pads or toilet paper, feminine hygiene sprays (or sprays), and scented soaps.
Y avoid douching, because they can increase the risk of infection.
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