Spotting & Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

If you are expecting, you’ve probably already started to feel your body change, and you’ve probably started to pay extra attention to your diet, sleep patterns and body signals. It is important to be well-informed as to what changes fall within the norms of a pregnancy, and which changes may be problematic. Take for example, the occurrence of spotting or vaginal discharge during pregnancy. It is actually quite common to experience such symptoms during pregnancy, although this doesn’t exclude the need to consult with your family doctor on occasion.

Here’s is a introductory view, by no means exhaustive, of what you need to know about spotting and vaginal discharge:

Let’s start with spotting. Imagine you were sexually active during the fertile part of your cycle. If you experience light bleeding 6-7 days later (after fertilization) for one or 2 days, you might be experiencing implantation bleed. You probably would not even know you were pregnant yet. This is when the fertilized egg burrows into your uterus wall.

It’s quite frequent to have bleeding after sex, or after a Pap smear or an internal exam. This is because the blood supply to your cervix and pelvis has increased.

We should go on with this brief article. This said, a newly pregnant woman needs to pay close attention to slight bleeding during the early phases of her pregnancy. At this stage, it can be an early sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, especially if accompanied by abdominal pain or cramps. Statistics show that as many as 50% of the women who experience bleeding during early pregnancy miscarry. Nonetheless, once you have had an ultrasound at 7 to eleven weeks, your chances of continuing the pregnancy are good (over 90%).

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You may also experience spotting, after sex or an examination, for reasons that aren’t related your pregnancy. For example, a benign growth (a cervical polyp), a vaginal infection (such as a yeast infection), or an STD (such as Chlamydia or Herpes) can also cause this kind of slight bleeding.

What about vaginal discharge? If you experience a discharge, it is quite possible it is leucorrhea. Leucorrhea is a runny whitish fluid, which is odorless or mild-smelling. You probably noticed it, from time to time, in your underwear before you were pregnant. Lastly, if you are seeing more, it is partly because of increased estrogen production and increased blood circulation in the vaginal area. This vaginal discharge is your body’s way of flushing out bacteria, and it is is made up, in part, of secretions from the cervix and vagina.

During the last month of your pregnancy, your vaginal discharge is usually heavier and thicker. Then there’s the mucous plug passing, a jelly-like substance, which is something that can happen a 1-2 weeks before labor.

Now if you have an odorless, whitish discharge that is causing itching or burning or a green or yellow discharge, you might have a yeast infection.

For any of the changes you experience during your pregnancy, the rule of thumb is to err in side of caution and to consult your family doctor when you feel it appropriate. In other words, listen to your body.

You can find helpful information about vaginal discharge and everything you need to know about spotting at Aha! Baby.

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frankric939

Pink vaginal discharge? Hi, I've noticed latley that my vaginal discharge had increased and a few days ago after I went to the bathroom there was a small amount of light pink discharge. It hasnt happened again since. I've also noticed im going to the bathroom alot more latley. The discharge dosen't seem to be slowing down and I've been using panty liners for safety. I'm wondering what it may be, Because other then going to the bathroom frequently and the discharge those are the only things that are wrong. Anyone have any idea?

ojanenmm133

Increase in Vaginal Discharge- help!! ? Okay so I’ve recently started to get a fair bit of discharge.. It's not sore down there, it's not red or inflamed and only sometimes itchy, but barely.. It's a thick white discharge sometimes clumpy, with a bad smell I guess you could say a fishy smell. It doesn't hurt to use the toilet or have sex. And myself and my partner have been tested fir STI's and all tests came back negative. Do it's not chlamydia. I don't use shower gels or anything down there either.. Any suggestions as to what it’s?

stonaka643

Itchy discharge from vagina, llight yellow color? I’m almost convinced it’s a yeast infection, but I read if it’s yellow or green in color, it may be an STD. Has anyone ever had a yeast infection light yellow in color? I’m planning to treat it with the three day cream I bought at the store for yeast infections and hoping it clears up.

tcroft327

Leukorrhea – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Vaginal discharge is normal for a woman, and all women are different. Causes of change in discharge include infection, malignancy, and hormonal changes.

sappenfieldcm49

This should help you decide. Once you start puberty a white and/or clear, non-foul smelling discharge (mucous) is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. You’ll also have your own 'scent' (musky) and it’ll smell stronger to you than to others. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you’re sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. If it's drying yellow you’re fine as discharge will dry yellow when exposed to air. If it's coming out yellow you probably have a bacterial infection. You can have the normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. Part of growing up and becoming mature is the’llingness to talk to your mother and see a doctor when needed. Different Types of Discharge: White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection. Clear and stretchy: This is “fertile” mucous and means you’re ovulating. Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising. Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor. Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown. Different types of infections: Signs of yeast infections: White, cottage cheese-like discharge Swelling and pain around the vulva Intense itching Signs of bacterial vaginosis: A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge A fishy odor that’s strongest after sex or after washing with soap Itching or burning Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva Signs of trichomoniasis A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge An unpleasant odor Pain and itching when urinating Most apparent after your period

irmcnult981

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jgo392

I had this problem for a while. I didn't think anything of it because of the light yellow color and it bein' slighltly itchy. I went to the doctor two days ago and they said that I had a budding yeast infection, which doesn’t respond to medicinal treatments, which includes over the counter ones. So, she painted me with Gentian Violet. The minute it comes in contact, it kills it out. You should really go see a doctor to see if you can treat it with over the counter meds 'cause I tried that with mine and it didn't work. So, I thought it was normal. Please mention Gentian Violet to you doctor if you decide to go to him or her and they find that you've got a “budding” yeast infection. I hope this has helped. :) Good Luck!

gmoy532

Abnormal vaginal discharge is white discharge,brown or in any different colours other than red.these discharge smell rotten .generally abnormal discharge due to imbalance in hormonal change..unsafe sex..other std caused due to unprotected sex.need to go for a thorough gynec check ups.can be some time fatal.

vimu839

It's a possibility that you could have an STD. Theres a chance that you could have picked up an STD from a public restroom. Have you used any very dirty toilets lately? You should probably see a doctor.

dons440

I'd kill for snot-like, clear, chunky vaginal discharge. I've been TTC for 5 years now and that’s perfect. Can I’ve yours?

conniem84

Call a doctor. They’ll be able to tell you what it’s.

lynethel759

I found this hope it helps but I think both of you should get tested Step 1Increased discharge with a fishy smell may indicate bacterial vaginosis. It’s the most common cause of vaginitis symptoms in young women. While it's more common among sexually active women, it’s not transmitted sexually. Discharge is most noticeable after having sexual intercourse. Step 2Heavy yellow-green or gray vaginal discharge can be a symptom of Trichomonas, which is caused by a protozoa parasite. It’s a common sexually transmitted disease with symptoms that include vaginal discharge, vaginal odor, pain during sex, and irritation and itching of the vagina. Step 3Thick discharge that resembles cottage cheese may be due to a yeast infection. Other symptoms include itching, burning and irritation of the vagina, and sometimes pain when urinating. Discharge is usually odorless. Step 4Watery vaginal discharge can indicate genital herpes. Sometimes herpes sores may not be visible in women, so a change in discharge may be the only clue. Often it’ll be accompanied by itching and burning, pain when urinating and the presence of weeping blisters. Step 5Cloudy vaginal discharge can indicate gonorrhea, especially when accompanied by inflammation, itching and painful urination. Frequently, women have no symptoms at all. Step 6Pus-filled discharge can indicate pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s usually accompanied by lower abdominal pain and fever. Step 7White discharge resembling cottage cheese may indicate chlamydia. It may be accompanied by burning, itching, painful intercourse and burning when urinating. Symptoms may be similar to those of a yeast infection. Step 8Thin, watery discharge, sometimes blood-tinged, may indicate atrophic vaginitis. This occurs in women who are post-menopausal or whose ovaries have been surgically removed. Good Luck

edwrick125

Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to thirty times more than after ovulation. It’s also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time. The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If worried, see a doctor. Different Types of Discharge Is this normal? Different Types of Discharge White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection. Clear and stretchy: This is “fertile” mucous and means you’re ovulating. Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising. Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor. Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown. Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you’re ovulating/mid-cycle. Sometimes early in pregnancy you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you have spotting at the time of your normal period rather than your usual amount of flow, and you have had sex without using birth control, you should check a pregnancy test. With that said, here is my best answer to the common question of vaginal discharge. A normal vaginal discharge consists of about a teaspoon (4 milliliters) a day that’s white or transparent, thick to thin, and odorless. This is formed by the normal bacteria and fluids the vaginal cells put off. The discharge can be more noticeable at different times of the month depending on ovulation, menstrual flow, sexual activity and birth control. It’s not uncommon for the normal discharge to be dark, brown or discolored a day or 2 following the menstrual period. If you’re having any of the symptoms below see your health care provider. Pain Itching Discomfort Rash or sores alone or with a vaginal discharge

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