Yellow Discharge in Late Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on January 16, 2012

Pregnancy is a period dotted with a number of confusing experiences. One of these experiences includes a change in the quantity, color, texture and consistency of vaginal discharge. During the entire term of the pregnancy, a thick vaginal discharge is very common. The quantity of vaginal discharge is more than normal and this is mainly due to the increase in blood flow to the pelvic region as well as the increased estrogen production. This discharge is made up of vaginal and cervical secretions, worn out vaginal cells and natural flora from the vaginal area.

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It may be similar to the discharge at the time of ovulation and is generally colorless or may have a whitish tinge. In most cases, the discharge may have a mild odor which is usually not repulsive. Read more on yellow discharge during pregnancy

At times, vaginal discharge may appear yellowish, greenish, pinkish or brownish.


There are a number of reasons that contribute to the change in the color of vaginal discharge. A yellowish discharge in late pregnancy is more often than not a sign of inevitable labor. At this stage, it is generally the loss of the mucus plug that blocks the entrance to the uterus. This mucus plug may be passed out in one go in the form of a mucus blob or may be expelled over a period of time. It may be blood stained as well. In most cases, this is the cause for brown discharge during late pregnancy. Mild to heavy bleeding may follow the expulsion of the mucus plug indicating that labor has begun. In this case, consulting a medical practitioner at the earliest is advisable as neglect can result in a spread of infection to the uterus or it could result in pregnancy complications related to the wellbeing of the baby.

Yellow discharge in late pregnancy could also be the result of a microbial infection such as bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. A sexually transmitted infection may result in green discharge during late pregnancy. In such cases, the discharge usually has a repulsive odor as well as has the consistency similar to that of cottage cheese. It may also be accompanied by a burning or itching sensation. Since an infection has the ability to affect the welfare of the unborn baby, no change in vaginal discharge should be neglected. It is always better to rule out complications before they get out of hand, resulting in damage that is difficult to correct.

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