When it comes to pregnancy, most women tend to pay attention specifically to common pregnancy symptoms such as breast tenderness, frequent urination, constipation and morning sickness. What they don’t know is that one of the simplest ways to identify a potential pregnancy is white clear discharge. It appears as an early sign of pregnancy that occurs within a few weeks after conception./
So is clear discharge normal during pregnancy? Is it a sign that something more serious is going on? Is it a reason of concern? We’re answering these questions below.
Clear Discharge: Can It Be a Pregnancy Sign?
Women experience sticky vaginal discharge throughout their entire menstrual cycle, so how can clear discharge indicate a possible pregnancy?
To answer this question, we need to delve deeper into the various types of discharge that women normally experience. The color and consistency of the mucus will vary a great deal throughout your menstrual cycle. During the first few days after your period stops, the discharge is white, clumpy and lotion like. As your ovulation approach, the discharge becomes a bit creamier, but is still thick, white and gooey. When ovulation is imminent, the discharge is very similar to uncooked egg white, is very slippery, and color ranges from clear to white. When the ovum (egg) is released from the ruptured follicle, the discharge turns watery, slimy and slippery, then becomes jelly-like as your period approaches. The amount of mucus also doubles when you’re ovulating as compared to the rest of your menstrual cycle, and may come out in gushes, feeling as if you’ve just passed urine.
One of the primary factors that influence the hue, consistency and amount of discharge is estrogen. The more estrogen you have in your body, the more sticky clear mucus you will have. When you get pregnant, estrogen levels increase dramatically, thus resulting in lots of clear discharge, a phenomenon known either as “leucorrhea” or “white flow.” This typically occurs early in pregnancy, oftentimes during the second week, and a lot of women report great amounts of whitish discharge coming out of their vagina instead of their period.
If you experience clear discharge in early pregnancy, don’t panic. If mucus is clear, relatively thin and doesn’t have any odor, there’s nothing to worry about. However, it’s a good idea to see your physician or gyn to ensure that everything is just fine down there and that your pregnancy progresses healthily.