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Watery Discharge During Pregnancy

Written by Elizabeth Buescher, Gynecologist

“Is watery discharge a sign of pregnancy?”
That’s perhaps the most common question patients ask me, especially if they are very concerned or excited about a potential pregnancy. It’s quite easy to distinguish normal watery discharge from pregnancy-related discharge, and the primary factor that differentiates the two is the time of occurrence.

While normal watery discharge occurs mid-cycle, when you’re ovulating, pregnancy-related discharge occurs just before your period is due to start, and may as well continue a few days after it was supposed to start. Most of the time, the absence of menstruation speaks for itself – but what if there’s something more serious going on? So, is watery discharge a sign of pregnancy or not? The material below answers your most common questions about discharge in early pregnancy.

Watery Discharge, an Early Pregnancy Sign?

If you think you may be pregnant, one of the best ways to figure this out is paying close attention to and taking note of all symptoms that may indicate a potential pregnancy.
Discharge during early pregnancy doesn’t look very different from your normal mid-cycle discharge. Most of the time, it’s clear or whitish, has a watery and slippery consistency, and bears a mild musky odor. Just like when you’re ovulating, the amount of early pregnancy watery discharge increases exponentially to the point of wetting your underpants and soaking through your pants.

The first thing to do is calculating your ovulation period. Write down when your next period is due to start and count 12 to 14 days back. If the time when you have first experienced watery discharge corresponds to your ovulation period, chances are you’re not pregnant. But if it doesn’t and there are just a couple of days left until your period is supposed to start, you need to proceed to the next step – looking for other pregnancy symptoms.

If you are pregnant, the watery discharge won’t come alone – it will be accompanied by other symptoms as well. These include breast tenderness, frequent urination, nausea with or without vomiting, fatigue and food aversions or cravings. You may even have a vague feeling that you are pregnant, an occurrence that many women report while pregnant. Another pregnancy sign is implantation bleeding or spotting, which usually occurs 6 to 12 days after conception. Some women don’t experience it, while some who do may confuse it with their menstruation instead. However, implantation bleeding is very light, and will last for a few minutes to a few days, as compared to the average time of your period (4-7 days).

If there have been more than 10 days after the date of the supposed conception, consider taking an at-home pregnancy test. If it turns out positive, repeat it. If it’s negative, have a few blood samples tested for the hCG hormone.

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I Have Watery Discharge During Late Pregnancy, Is This Normal?

As your pregnancy progresses, your body goes through a thousand more hormonal changes than during early pregnancy. During the third trimester, the amount can increase by 30 times than during the first trimester, leading to a very unpleasant feeling down there. During the last to third week of pregnancy, your cervical mucus plug may come out either all at a time, in the form of a blood-streaked ball of mucus, or gradually as increased vaginal discharge. If this happens when you urinate, you may as well not even notice it, although you may observe pinkish, bloody stains on your underpants or toilet paper.

What Do I Recommend? Regular Checkups.

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, make sure to call your gyn/obs as soon as possible and have a few vaginal swabs sent to a laboratory for analysis. Watery discharge is rarely a reason of concern, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so having the underlying issue checked up can save you a lot of time, money and frustration.

Regular gynecological checkups are critical to staying safe and healthy. They allow you to understand how your body (and specifically your vagina) works, the different ways it helps you tell how healthy you really are, and how to identify potential infection or pregnancy signs. At the same time, you can learn more about how to prevent infections, and trust me – knowing that everything is just fine down there will give you an overall sense of well-being.

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