There are many things that can concern a woman when she’s pregnant. If you’re not entirely sure what to expect from your body during pregnancy, you might notice a change and wonder if it’s normal. The fact of the matter is that there are so many different changes going on during pregnancy, that many of your normal body functions change dramatically when you’re pregnant. Some of these are more obvious, and include things like breast sensitivity, backache, or the need to pee. Others, like having vaginal discharge during pregnancy, may not be as obvious, and it’s not always easy to guess what exactly is normal.
You’re going to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy just like you did before pregnancy. However, it may be a little bit different. Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is typically thicker than normal. It will usually be white in color. It usually has a mild smell to it, as well.
There are some things you should not do when you’re having vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Tampons should not be used at all when you’re pregnant. They can introduce germs into the vagina. You don’t want to douche during pregnancy, either. This will change the bacterial balance in your vagina, which can lead to an infection.
Never assume that having vaginal discharge during pregnancy means you have an infection, either. Yeast infections are especially common during pregnancy, and you’ll notice those because your discharge changes. It will have a stronger smell if you have an infection, and it will probably change in color and consistency.
Infections during pregnancy should always be treated by your doctor, even yeast infections. Don’t try to treat any kind of infection on your own when you’re pregnant.
Sexually transmitted diseases can also be responsible if you’re having vaginal discharge during pregnancy. If you previously had an STD, you should definitely talk this over with your doctor.
Also, if you experience any spotting or bleeding, you should talk to your doctor. Some small amount of spotting can be normal. If the bleeding is heavy or spotting lasts more than a day and it’s accompanied by abdominal cramping or other pain, you should talk to a doctor right away.