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Types of Vaginal Discharge

Normal Discharge Indicating Pregnancy

Vaginal discharge will also start to change when you suspect that you are pregnant. First of all, there will be an increase in the amount of discharge. The womb is preparing itself to protect a growing baby. There will also be some spotting caused by the fetus implanting itself onto the uterine wall. If the spotting is detected long before it is time to menstruate then there is a good chance that you are pregnant. On the other hand, the increased amount of discharge can indicate other possible causes such as expelling semen after sex.


Likewise, the spotting can be due to small abrasional wounds from sex. Increased amount of mucus like discharge and spotting, combined with other pregnancy onset symptoms, such as nausea, skipped period, breast sensitivity may likely indicate pregnancy, but it could also indicate stress, fatigue or illness. Only a pregnancy test can accurately determine if you are pregnant of not.

Normal discharges during pregnancy

If you are indeed pregnant, these secretions form a mucus plug in the cervix, protecting the uterus from the outside world of germs and other contaminants. As the due date approaches, the baby grows bigger, the cervix opens wider, and the mucus plug is pushed out and expelled through the vagina. It has been likened to snot. It may come out as one glob or as sticky strings over several days. The mucus plug may also come out with dark brown streaks. This is blood and could indicate some complications in the coming labor, such as the baby coming out in breech position.

One of the common causes of bleeding at this late stage is placenta previa, when the placenta that gives oxygen and nutrients to your baby and disposes of its waste is not connected properly to the upper side of the uterus. Instead, it may be located near the cervix, blocking the baby’s exit. Women who have this are advised to look out for fresh spurts of blood to come out with their discharge. Of course, your doctor must immediately be notified.

In the early stages as well, after spotting due to the fetus implantation in the first week, detecting spotting in your discharge can warn of a miscarriage. However, it is also possible that the spotting is from sex. Pregnancy makes the cervix softer and easily abradable during sex. It is wise to be cautious and inform your doctor at once. On the other hand, you should not panic either.

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