Increased amount of vaginal secretions are thought to be normal due to the increased blood flow to the vagina and surrounding glands during pregnancy . The incidence of abnormal vaginal discharge in pregnancy is 31.5% and remaining can be normal.

When to worry?
It is considered completely normal unless there are other signs such as :

  • Discharge heavier and thicker than usual
  • Itching in the genitalia
  • Burning urination
  • Soreness
  • Rashes
  • Pain
  • Greyish, greenish, yellowish or blood-tinged discharge
  • Foul smelling discharge

These above symptoms indicate the presence of a vaginal infection or Urinary tract
infection in which case a visit to the gynecologist for a physical examination would be
needed and may require a course of antibiotics too.

Tips to get rid of it:
 Keep the area clean and dry
 Wear loose cotton undergarments and change undergarments 2-3 times in a day
 wash the area with plain water or wipe with baby wipes after using the washroom
 Avoid using scented soaps, perfumes and fragrances
 Avoid sexual intercourse in case of any pain or discomfort
 Avoid rough sexual intercourse
 Drink plenty of water at least 2 to 3 liters
 Eat a well-balanced meal and include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
 Consume curd as it is also a rich source of probiotics which are needed for
growth of healthy  bacteria in the vaginal secretions

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2099568/
http://www.bmj.com/content/328/7451/1306

https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/vaginal-discharge- whats-abnormal#1\

-Dr Bhavani Sagar 

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