During pregnancy, the body’s estrogen hormone levels reach their peak, so there is a higher risk of leukorrhea. This article is stuff you should know about leukorrhea during pregnancy.
Leukorrhea during Pregnancy
Leukorrhea, more commonly known as vaginal discharge, is quite common during pregnancy. Leukorrhea is a milky discharge with a mild odor or no odor at all. It is the vagina’s way of flushing out bacteria to protect the fetus. It is often seen before pregnancy, but shows up increasingly during pregnancy due to elevated levels of estrogen and blood flow. Leukorrhea is primarily composed of old cells and natural bacteria flora.
Later in pregnancy, you might see a different kind of leukorrhea - it will resemble egg whites. As the cervix thins, it begins to expel the mucous plug that acts as a protective barrier for the baby. This mucous might come out in one mass and could have a tiny bit of blood in it. It will have a jelly-like consistency. If blood is present, it usually means labor is apt to happen in the next 24 hours. Leukorrhea can act as a barometer of fertility and health for a reproductive woman, particularly during pregnancy.
In any of the following cases, contact your health professional for treatment:
- If there is spotting or bleeding.
- If you see large amounts of fluid - it can often be hard to distinguish between normal vaginal discharge or amniotic fluid. If there is any question, you should contact your caregiver.
- If you notice a sudden increase in fluid before you have reached 37 weeks, it could be a sign of preterm labor. Fluid, mucous, blood and blood-tinged secretions all could indicate preterm labor.
- If the mucous has a pungent odor or is accompanied by itching, burning, or inflammation then it could mean you have a yeast infection (or candidiasis). Pregnancy increases the risk of yeast infections. Yeast infections are not a danger to the fetus but you should be treated right away. Giving birth with a yeast infection could give the infant thrush, an infection of the mouth that is easily treated. Anti-fungal medication is the generally prescribed remedy.
- If the discharge begins to smell or changes colors it might mean you have another type of infection. Yellow, green or gray discharge indicates an infection and could be a sign of an STD. Some STD's can cause preterm labor and uterine infections. If they aren’t treated, they can lead to stillbirth, low birth weight, brain damage, blindness and deafness. Bacteria Vaginosis is a common infection that causes the discharge to become fishy-smelling and urination becomes irritating - the condition is easily treated with antibiotics. Untreated, however, it can lead to a premature or low birth weight baby.
- If you have pain during urination or sex, you might have a urinary tract infection and will require treatment. Recurrent UTI’s can be prevented by drinking pure cranberry juice.
To ward off many types of infections: avoid douching, bubble baths or using anything scented near the vagina. Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes. Wipe from front to back and keep the area clean and dry.
Increased vaginal discharge is one of a handful of unpleasant symptoms that come with pregnancy. It's important to be aware of any changes that occur so you can head off any infections before they become serious. Always contact a medical professional if you suspect an infection has developed during your pregnancy, do not try to treat it yourself.
What is leukorrhea?
Many pregnant women notice abnormal leukorrhea that shares the same anxiety about infection or fetal problems. However, if you get a lot of leukorrhea but not accompanied by odors or strange colors, the vagina has no abnormal symptoms. And you should not worry about that.
The cause of leukorrhea during pregnancy is due to hormonal changes in the body; the amount of estrogen increases to suit the fetal development. Usually, the leukorrhea is yellowish in large quantities during the early and late months of pregnancy. Specialists recommend that pregnant women should pay attention to clean with hygiene and has a suitable timetable to limit the risk of gynecological inflammation.
Abnormal Leukorrhea Signs
Pregnant women should pay attention if you have any of the following signs:
Vast quantities of leukorrhea with a lot of odor
The physical leukorrhea is normal, but it is no smell and does not cause itching. So if the leukorrhea produces a lot of unpleasant scents, it may be because you have an infection. The most common problem is bacterial vaginosis.
Blue leukorrhea during pregnancy
It could be a sign of severe vaginal inflammation caused by a yeast infection, cervical gland inflammation, or sexually transmitted diseases. The common symptoms can be a lot of leukorrhea, which is green, milky, and stinking. This case is quite common in pregnant women. In most cases, the blue leukorrhea appears due to the presence of the Trichomonas vagus parasite.
Also, sexually transmitted infections can lead to blue leukorrhea, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial vaginosis, foreign body, and so many other diseases.
Yellow leukorrhea during pregnancy
This unusual symptom may also be a warning sign that a woman has had severe gynecological inflammation.
Brown leukorrhea or bloody leukorrhea
It is a phenomenon that women need special attention because this can be a warning sign of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy. At the same time, this abnormal phenomenon can also be a sign of premature birth, stillbirth, and other fatal complications in the last months of pregnancy. In other cases, if the mother notices that the leukorrhea contains a lot of mucus or red in the previous weeks of pregnancy, it may be an early sign of labor.
What should you do when you have leukorrhea during pregnancy?
Throughout the pregnancy, the doctor always advises pregnant women to pay close attention to the signs of abnormal leukorrhea, as well as the other changes in the body. As a result, you can actively visit the doctor at the earliest time, preventing complications.
When you got any signs of abnormal leukorrhea during pregnancy, you should quickly see your doctor to examine and identify the cause as well as provide effective treatment.
Besides, please note the following notice:
- No matter what color is the leukorrhea you get, you should not arbitrarily buy and use medicine without a prescription from the doctor. The use of medicine at this time of pregnancy should be prudent because it can directly affect the development of the fetus.
- Use the right dose of the medication by the doctor’s treatment indications.
- Gynecological examination at a reputable medical facility to treat and overcome it before it can infect your baby.