Yellow Discharge in Early Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on January 16, 2012

Vaginal discharge is a fairly common phenomenon during pregnancy. Vaginal discharge is caused due to increased estrogen levels and increased blood flow in the vaginal region. Vaginal discharge or leucorrhea is an odorless, white discharge. Secretions from the vagina and cervix, old cells from the vaginal walls and normal bacteria are typically what comprise a regular vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. More than usual vaginal discharge is experienced especially during pregnancy and while approaching labor.

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Yellow discharge in early pregnancy

Vaginal discharge may also be yellow, light yellow or creamy yellow. This yellow discharge during pregnancy is possibly caused due to infection or disease. Certain factors that cause such a condition are:

  • Trichomoniasis: This is a STD or Sexually Transmitted Disorder which may lead to yellow discharge during pregnancy.


    This type of infection requires concern and care because it may result in serious conditions such as pre term birth or infection in the amniotic fluid.
  • Bacterial Vaginosis: This type of infection is caused due to imbalance of organisms in the cervical or vaginal canal.  This type of infection can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Some symptoms associated with this type of infection are: burning sensation while passing urine and yellow smelly discharge.
  • Candidiasis: This type of infection is caused due to hormonal changes. Medical intervention is the best way to treat this infection. Topical creams may help ease the condition.
  • Chlamydia: Another STD or Sexually Transmitted Disorder which can be passed to the baby if left untreated. A yellow or green color discharge is a common symptom associated with this type of infection.

Brownish yellow discharge in pregnancy

Vaginal discharge that is brown in color during pregnancy is a sign of caution. Miscarriage may be one of the most probable outcomes in case of brown discharge during pregnancy. This type of discharge is normal if it is not heavy and is not accompanied by cramps, clots or menstrual symptoms. It is advisable to meet the health practitioner to clear all doubts. Adhering to certain simple precautions can help prevent yellow discharge. Some simple tips include:

  • Keeping the genital area dry and clean at all times
  • Wear cotton and loose under garments
  • Avoid douching , as douching may remove healthy bacteria
  • Eat a balanced diet and also consider an increased intake of yoghurt to avoid infections.
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