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Dr Tariq Miskry, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician
When you’re pregnant, every little change in your body takes on greater significance, and you can read each of them as a sign of what is happening with your baby. That is great, as long as you don’t over-interpret, or assume everything is an indication that things are going wrong!
The same thing applies to your discharge. It may increase and change quite a lot during pregnancy. So, to help put your mind at ease, here is a handy guide that answers some of the most common questions, from why you might have clear watery discharge during pregnancy, to whether thick discharge in pregnancy is ok.
1) Chances are your discharge will get heavier during pregnancy
The majority of women will find they experience an increase in thin, milky white, or clear discharge during pregnancy, which is perfectly normal.
This is because it is even more important to your body than usual, to prevent any infection travelling up your vagina to your womb – and to the baby. This discharge acts as a barrier supporting good vaginal health, while maintaining the PH balance within.
2) Don’t be concerned when the mucus plug appears! Your body creates something called a mucus plug to seal off the cervix and prevent bacteria from getting in. This stays in place until your baby is due. It looks like a big lump of jelly-ish, thick discharge in pregnancy, sometimes with streaks of blood in it. It can be quite disconcerting to have this mucus plug pop out, but it is a sign that your cervix is starting to open, and you may soon be going into labour! Assuming you are nearing full term, the appearance of the mucus plug – or ‘show’ as it is also known – is nothing to worry about. Otherwise check with your doctor.
3) Clear watery discharge during pregnancy is generally nothing to worry about The texture of discharge can vary from person to person, and watery clear discharge in pregnancy is normally fine. It can occasionally be a sign of an STI though, so if you have any signs such as unpleasant or strange smells, or itchiness or pain in the area, it is worth getting it checked out by your doctor.
4) Thrush is quite common in pregnancy – but won’t harm you or your baby Pregnancy hormones affect the pH in your vagina, making your more prone to yeast infections. But thrush is more a problem just for being unpleasant to deal with, so it is worth knowing the signs so you can deal with it ASAP. If you notice a yeasty smell, stinging pain when you go to the toilet, or thick white cottage cheese discharge during pregnancy, these all point to thrush. It is worth mentioning to your doctor. He or she will give you treatment – generally in the form of a tablet or cream – to clear up the infection.
5) Always liners can help you feel fresh all day everyday If the increase in discharge is causing you discomfort it is worth investing in a pack of Always Dailies pantyliners. Wearing them on a daily basis can soak up excess liquid, and keep you feeling dry and fresh. They are dermatologically tested and safe to be worn daily. That way you can focus on more important things – like enjoying your pregnancy!