Discharge During Pregnancy. Types & Characteristics

Discharge during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a crucial period of life of every woman. Discharges during pregnancy always make a woman worry. That is why it is so important to know the mechanisms of origin, kinds and possible consequences for the health. Beyond the pregnancy, the cervix produces mucus all the time. At the same time, there are a few types of the discharge within the cycle:

  • The first half of menstrual period. The work of all organism, primarily the work of the organs of the reproduction system, is directed to the implementation of the release of the egg from the ovary and possible merger with the sperm. For this purpose, the organism of a woman produces the liquid secret that simplifies the movement of the sperm;
  • The second half of menstrual period. In a time of egg fertilization, the woman organism prepares for merging into the womb. In this case, there is not transparent and viscous mucus that protects the entrance of the womb from infection.

The first half of the menstrual cycle is regulated by a female sex hormone estrogen. The second half of the menstrual cycle is coordinated by progesterone. In the first trimester of pregnancy, only progesterone controls the work of the womb. It is possible to see some thick discharge that is produced by the womb. However, from the beginning of the thirteenth week, female organism starts to make a significant amount of estrogen. Therefore, discharge from the vagina becomes more abundant and liquid.

The normal discharge during pregnancy

The first trimester of pregnancy (the first twelve weeks) is determined by the influence of progesterone the female sex hormone. At the beginning, the hormone is discharged by the corpus luteum of the ovary menstruation. This hormone helps keep the embryo in the uterine cavity by means of overlapping of the exit from the cavity of this organ and suppressing the contractility of the muscles.The normal discharge during pregnancy

Under the influence of progesterone, a woman can notice very thick, vitreous, transparent and, sometimes, white discharge in the first trimester of pregnancy that can be seen on the laundry as mucus clots. It can be a norm only when it doesn’t have any smell and doesn’t disturb a pregnant woman, i.e. when there is no any itching, burning and other unpleasant sensations.

After the first trimester of pregnancy, when the foetus is fixed in the uterus and placenta is almost mature, the organism of the woman starts to produce a lot of estrogens again. The main task for this period is the development of the uterus and mammary gland. Plentiful white or transparent discharge can occur from the female genitals under the influence of these hormones in the second half of pregnancy. But there is no need to be worry and think that it is something pathological. Nevertheless, it should not have any smell and some unpleasant symptoms, such as itching and other kinds of discomfort.

White discharge during pregnancy

White discharge during pregnancyThis is the most common thing during pregnancy. It can be a signal to the first feature of pregnancy. On this stage, it is connected to the influence of progesterone. From the thirteenth week, the influence of this hormone starts to reduce but estrogen begins to do its work. In this period, all discharge becomes more abundant, transparent and doesn’t have a certain smell. It doesn’t cause any unpleasant symptoms, such as burning, itching, which is essential for the diagnosis of pathological conditions.

Even though such discharge is a norm for the period of pregnancy, keeping attention on colour, consistency and quantity are important. The change of it can indicate the presence of infection, violation of hormonal status and diseases of the genital organs. The most common cause of this change is candidiasis or thrush female genital mutilation. In this case, the discharge becomes like cottage cheese and smells like beer.

The next source of discharge can be bacterial vaginosis. It can have a watery consistency and a clear hue, and quite unpleasant smell. Thereby, white discharge during pregnancy is a common case. However, smell and appearance should be taken into account.

Yellow discharge during pregnancy

The presence of yellow discharge cannot be considered the norm but it cannot cause any troubles if there are no other unpleasant symptoms as smell, itching, burning, and pain. Otherwise, the gynaecological examination must be performed. Especially, when discharge has dark yellow colour.Symptoms of yellow discharge during pregnancy: smell, itching, burning, and pain

The occurrence of dark yellow discharge can be the symptom of an allergic reaction to underwear or means of intimate hygiene. Also, some microorganisms can be a reason of specific yellow discharge.

If the colour changes from yellow to green, it can indicate the development of serious deviations. For instance, it can indicate the presence of sexually transmitted diseases. They are also characterized by the appearance of itching, pain during urination, burning sensation in the area.

If the discharge has a bright yellow colour, then they are more likely to be caused by inflammation of the fallopian tubes or ovaries, as well as various bacterial infection in the vagina.

Brown discharge during pregnancy

gynaecological examination in case of brown discharge during pregnancyBrown discharge can suddenly appear in any woman during the period. In the most of the cases, such symptom shows the threat of miscarriage. In such case, the experienced gynaecologist should take all possible measures to save the foetus.

The appearance of brown secretions in late pregnancy may be evidence of violations of the work of placenta. If the delivery period is on its way, suddenly appeared brown discharge may tell you about the beginning of childbirth. One of the most important reason of brown discharge can be a uterine rupture. In the most of the cases, it appears in women who have already had an abortion.

Bleeding during pregnancy

Bleeding during pregnancyBleeding during pregnancy is a common case, especially in the first trimester. According to statistics, eighty percent of women bear the foetus without any problems.

There are many reasons for bleeding to occur. For example, active blood supply to the internal genitals or excessive sensitivity. Usually, it happens after ultrasound when a special vaginal application was used.

Also, It can happen after sex.

By and large, vaginal discharge is a common process and the period of pregnancy is not an exclusion. Anyway, it is better to consult with your doctor again, even when the transparent allocation seems to be normal to you, to avoid possible unwanted complications in the future.

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    i went 3 months with out a period , the first 2 i had the pregnancy symptoms , around the beggining of the 3 i didnt feel anything .. I had 3 different types of bleeding first was light bleeding second was brownish bleeding then something that seemed like a period but liquidy and dark n bloody . Now its a few weeks later missed my period on the 25th of semptember 3 month on the 30th i had a light brownish pinkish bleeding and now its a period … What went wrong ?

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      Hi, Jazzlyne!
      First of all, have you done a pregnancy test?
      If symptoms such as bleeding, occur during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, you shouldn’t worry so much. But sometimes, like it was mentioned in this article, brown discharges can be a symptom of possible miscarriage.

      If the test result is negative, then, among the possible reasons for menstruation disorders or its delay can be: emotional and physical stress, lifestyle and weather changes, malnutrition and strict diets, cancellation of hormonal contraceptives, the use of emergency contraception medications, colds and chronic diseases: gastritis, violation of the thyroid gland, diabetes, kidney disease etc., as well as taking certain medications.

      In all cases, if the delay period exceed 5-7 days or there are strange dischargers or pains, you must visit the gynecologist to prevent the development of serious diseases.

      I wish you good luck and take care of yourself!

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    Help pls. I had delay period as well for 1 day only was suppose to be Sunday 22nd until Monday I had pinkish spotting as well as brown color spotting. On Tuesday blood flow came like a period with one sign of clots and cramps of back pain, headache, leg pain. Come Wednesday blood subsided and stopped adruptly but still have low back pain, leg pain, headache,sometimes shoulder pain and low cramps come and go. Is this implantation or normal menstrual?

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    Hi pls help m confused i had sex with my partner while m in period and stops and i also preventing with depo. So now my breast get big and its like it have milk n also after sex blood comes out i also have pains so m not sure if m pregnant or not pls help me

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