Are you worried about vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

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