Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful and exciting periods in a woman’s life while at the same time one of the most stressful and challenging due to the myriad of hormonal changes it implies. One of the most common annoyances pregnant women deal with is vaginal discharge, medically known as leucorrhea, which often causes discomfort if expelled in great amounts. Most of the time, the discharge is normal and indicates that the pregnancy is going well.
However, if you experience yellowish green discharge during pregnancy, you may have an infection that requires immediate medical attention to prevent potential complications that may arise.
In this article, we will be covering all the things a pregnant woman should know about vaginal discharge, and how to say whether this is a sign of pregnancy.
What Causes Leucorrhea During Pregnancy?
Many women ask why the amount of vaginal discharge increases during pregnancy. From a hormonal standpoint, estrogen is the primary hormone that impacts how much mucus your vagina expels, whether during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. While your menstrual cycle does involve increased levels of estrogen when you reach ovulation, pregnancy is several times as worse, stepping up estrogen levels at a very great deal. As a result, your vaginal mucus increases, sometimes to the point that you need to wear panty liners or change your underwear a few times a day to prevent wetting your clothes and impregnating them a bad odor.
As pregnancy progresses, the amount of discharge also increases. During the last week or so before birth, you may have a “show,” an occurrence in which the cervical plug is expelled in the form of thick vaginal mucus, sometimes with streaks of blood.
Please note: if you experience water gushing out of your vagina all of a sudden, call the ambulance or go to the hospital as soon as possible, as your water must have broken.
Is It Normal to Have Green Discharge While Pregnant?
Green discharge during pregnancy is never a good thing – it indicates that something’s wrong down there and that your baby might be threatened. Yellowish green vaginal mucus occurs as a consequence of vaginal infection, most commonly bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. If you have recently engaged in unprotected sex, there is a good chance that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea or Chlamydia. In addition to these, another possible cause of green discharge may be an infection with the Human Papillomavirus (or HPV). If you have recently used tampons or scented panty liners to absorb excessive discharge, this might have caused the bacterial flora of your vagina to change and upset the balance between good and bad bacteria.
Most of the time, green discharge is accompanied by itching, swelling, redness, and soreness, as well as pelvic pain, burning when urinating, pain during intercourse, spotting, fever, and conjunctivitis. You may notice a bad, fishy odor coming from your vagina, as well as a significantly thicker consistency as compared to normal leucorrhea. Moreover, the amount of discharge tends to increase after sex, and the smell might become significantly stronger.
If you experience any of these symptoms, we urge you to go to a sexual health clinic and have the underlying cause investigated to identify what’s causing them, and receive appropriate, safe pregnancy treatment.