White discharge during pregnancy is a normal phenomenon. Some women can recognize an early pregnancy by the discharge that is white in color, odorless and tough. Sometimes even before their NOD (non-period day). But to what extent is white discharge also characteristic of pregnancy? What if white tide turns yellow, green or pink or starts to smell bad?
What is white tide?
White discharge is the name for a discharge produced by the vaginal wall. The first real discharge occurs in pubescent girls and will continue, especially during the fertile period. Young girls may also have a slight discharge: this is completely normal. The discharge is called white discharge because of the white color of the mucus. The mucus is thin to thick, depending on the period of fertility. White discharge should be white to yellowish (‘older’ discharge) in color and should not have a strong odor. If this is the case or if it is very watery, there may be a fungal infection.
White discharge during pregnancy
A lot happens in the pregnant woman’s body under the influence of pregnancy hormones. The separation can also change. Many women suffer from a large amount of discharge. This separation can also vary in thickness, but should never vary in color. Some women notice extra white discharge as a first symptom of pregnancy. The mucus is often thicker than normal, as is also the case just before menstruation. It should not be confused with the so-called fertile mucus that can be found around ovulation. Fertile mucus can be compared to raw egg white and you can pull threads from it. Mucus during pregnancy is ‘infertile’ mucus that cannot be pulled out, is sticky and white in color.
A pregnancy can sometimes be recognized because the white discharge increases in quantity. The hormones are responsible for this. The white discharge should not smell strange or cause an itchy or burning sensation. If this is the case, there is often an infection. In any case, a smelly discharge is not a phenomenon associated with pregnancy.
Yellow discharge, is that normal?
When white tide comes into contact with oxygen, it turns yellow and dries. Yellow discharge in underwear is therefore no reason to worry. Only when the discharge becomes watery, green in color or starts to smell can this be a sign that a fungal infection is underway. An infection also causes a burning or itching sensation. A visit to the doctor is definitely recommended. Pregnant women are at increased risk of a vaginal yeast infection. This has to do with reduced resistance due to pregnancy. A fungal infection is not dangerous to the unborn baby. However, the baby can become infected with the fungal infection during delivery. The baby then develops thrush in the mouth, which is recognizable as white dots on the tongue, palate and lips. Thrush must be treated properly because the baby can infect the nipple again with the fungus.
A sour smell in the discharge is often a sign that something is wrong. However, this does not always have to be the case. Some women simply smell more sour, even when nothing is wrong. A woman recognizes her own normal smell best and knows when the air changes. The partner is sometimes less likely to notice, especially when it concerns a new partner.
Discharge that is pink is often mucus mixed with a little blood, which turns it pink. This could be a sign of an early pregnancy. During implantation, slight bleeding sometimes occurs, recognizable as a pink discharge. Later in pregnancy, blood loss may occur because the uterus and cervix have better blood flow and bleed more easily. At the end of pregnancy, a pink discharge may be accompanied by loss of a mucous plug. This is the loss of the mucus plug that has sealed the uterus during pregnancy. The mucus plug is expelled a few days to a few hours before delivery, sometimes even during delivery. Pink discharge can sometimes indicate an infection. Pay attention to the previously discussed symptoms of an infection and see a doctor. An infection can easily be treated with medication.
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