When you're pregnant, having increased dischargeis very, very common. It's called leukorrhea of pregnancy, and it's caused by hormonalchanges that affect the uterus, the cervix, the vagina. And for the most part, it's nothingto worry about. If you are having symptoms of abnormal discharge, which can include itching,or burning, or discoloration, or odor, you should talk to your . And typically,we'll have you come into the office, we'll do an exam. You'll be checked for infections,which can include yeast vaginitis or bacterial vaginosis, both of which are not lifethreatening,both of which are easily treatable with prescription creams. A lot of the books will lead you tothink that losing your mucus plug means that
labor is gonna start any moment. But in reality,you can lose your mucus plug weeks before going into labor. I think it's important todifferentiating the third trimester discharge from having your water break. It's a commonquestion that we get. Patients aren't sure if their water's broken. And so, the firstquestion we ask them is to see if they can discern whether it's watery liquid, or it'smore sticky and mucousy liquid that's coming out. If it's more watery, then it could bethat the amniotic fluid bag has ruptured in which case your definitely needsto know about that. Not every patient will know for sure what it is, and we get lotsof calls. And we encourage patients to come
and so we can check.
Pregnancy Tips How to Handle Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
They tell you there is going to be a lot ofchanges to your body when you are pregnant but oo, vaginal dischargeé I'm Jill fromTampa, Florida telling you how to know if your vaginal discharge is o'kay. In pregnancyit is normal with the change of hormones to have a thickening or an increase in the amountof vaginal discharge you have. But there are certain times when you can have an infectionwhen you want to make sure that you don't. If your discharge has an odor, it burns, ititches you need to go see your healthcare provider. Special circumstances are bleeding,that is a discharge that you definitely need to be evaluated by your physician. The otherareas is leaking of fluid. If you are towards
the end of your pregnancy and you have a biggush of fluid, it could be urine but it also could be amniotic fluid and you want to makesure that that is safe so I would check with your healthcare provider. Most discharge isnormal but remember you want to make sure that you don't have an infection and if youdo you want to make sure to get that infection treated. I'm Jill from Tampa, Floridahere to talk to you and explain how to know if your vaginal discharge is o'kay. Have agood pregnancy.