One of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy is a milky white vaginal discharge. Often, if women are not informed that this is a common pregnancy symptoms, or if they were not aware they were pregnant, this causes some concern.
Technically, this is called leucorrhea. It occurs naturally when you go through puberty, when you are sexually stimulated, and when you are pregnant. In most cases, this is perfectly normal, and is nothing to worry about at any stage of your pregnancy. Contact your doctor if your discharge causes:
- A bad odor
You will also want to contact your health care provider if the discharge is excessive. While vaginal discharge is normal, excessive amounts could indicate that the amniotic wall has been damaged and you are leaking amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is generally thinner and clearer than normal vaginal discharge. Call your doctor if your discharge:
- Is watery
- Is bloody (other than spotting early in pregnancy)
- Has a pinkish color
- Has a brownish color
- Increases suddenly
In some cases, these conditions could mean that you are entering preterm labor. If you suspect you may be going into preterm labor or experiencing a miscarriage at any time during your pregnancy, contact your doctor right away or go to the emergency room. When it comes to your health and the health of your baby, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
If your discharge smells badly or causes discomfort, set an appointment with your doctor. These are signs that you may be dealing with yeast infection. Another sign of yeast infection is inflammation of the vulva. While this is not as urgent as preterm labor, you will still want to get into the doctors as soon as you can.
Essentially, as long as your vaginal discharge is white and milky, isn’t irritating you, and doesn’t produce a foul smell, you have nothing to worry about other than getting the nursery ready sometime in the next nine months. Take it easy and get some rest. Chances are, you’ll deal with some of the less pleasant early pregnancy symptoms (like morning sickness) soon enough if you haven’t already.