Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful times of your life. However, it comes with a host of symptoms and conditions that can be overwhelming for first-time-moms. For example, a white mucus discharge coming from the vagina can raise the alarms during the first trimester. Still, a thick white discharge or a milky white discharge doesn’t necessarily signal problems. In fact, Leukorrhea (the scientific name for this type of discharge) is quite normal during pregnancy. Let’s take a look at what causes Leukorrhea and what you need to know about it to make the best decision for your health.
Why Does Pregnancy Cause Leukorrhea?
As you approach the 13-week mark, you may begin to notice Leukorrhea. The likelihood of developing this condition increases as you progress throughout your pregnancy. Your body begins to step-up its production of estrogen during pregnancy, this in turn increases blood flow to the pelvic area and stimulates mucous membranes. Essentially, estrogen is behind this uncomfortable pregnancy symptom.
What to Know About Pregnancy Leukorrhea
Leukorrhea is very similar to the discharge you experience in between periods; the only difference is the amount. Despite the unpleasantness of this symptom, it is not necessarily dangerous. In fact, it’s important for the health of your baby. It protects the birth canal from infection while maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria. At times, you may also notice brown or pink spots in the discharge, and as long as there is no heavy bleeding, you’re experiencing a normal pregnancy symptom.
Conversely, if the discharge you experience is yellowish, greenish or is accompanied by a foul odor, then it may be time to call your practitioner.
Normal discharge is typically white mucus discharge, milky white discharge or even thick white discharge. Even if you notice small sticky clumps of white discharge, there is no major reason for concern unless the amount is overwhelming.
Abnormal discharge would include anything that is extremely thick, yellow or green in color, or has a significant amount of blood. An unpleasant odor also accompanies these symptoms. Burning, itching, and pain can also signal a vaginal infection, which is something your doctor needs to know about.
If you’re concerned about the discharge you’re experiencing, then call your doctor.