I had Watery Discharge during pregnancy, my friend is not having this, does this mean any danger to my baby?

(March 13, 2012)

I had watery discharge during pregnancy, my friend is not having this; does this mean any danger to my baby?

Experiencing watery discharge before and even during a pregnancy is very normal and it is important to keep in mind that every woman is different and what holds true for one might not necessarily be true for others. A clear odorless discharge during pregnancy is mostly the result of an increase in the estrogen production and also an increased flow of blood to the vaginal region and therefore does not indicate any danger to the growing fetus. If you are less than 37 weeks pregnant and you notice that the discharge has increased, you must contact your doctor immediately as it could indicate preterm labor. This is especially true if the discharge is brownish or pinkish in color. Although it is important to keep your genital parts clean and dry especially during pregnancy, douching should be avoided as it increases the risk of infections and may even negatively affect the growing baby.

Submitted by N on March 13, 2012 at 04:53

Watery Discharge In Pregnancy

Watery discharge during pregnancy is perfectly normal and it is something that you have had in your pre-pregnant days as well. The discharge becomes more noticeable while you are pregnant because of the body’s increased production of the hormone oestrogen and because blood flow and activity increases in the vaginal area as the body readies itself for pregnancy. This type of discharge is odourless, either colourless or slightly milky in colour and is not something you need to be unnecessarily worried about. If you have crossed your twenty eighth week of pregnancy and you feel that the discharge is excessive, you must consult your doctor as it may be difficult for you to distinguish between amniotic fluid and mere discharge. If the discharge is accompanied by an itching, burning or irritable sensation, it may be a symptom of a vaginal infection which will have to be treated immediately lest it cause complications during pregnancy and affect the health of the baby. Even if the discharge is not accompanied by any of these symptoms, but it changes colour, you will need to consult your physician. The discharge can become pinkish, brown or even red and this is usually indicative of premature delivery. If the watery discharge seems filled with mucous, it could indicate a thinning of the mucous lining leading to an imminent delivery. A greenish yellow and frothy discharge could be the symptom of a sexually transmitted disease and if it is not treated in time it can result in stillbirth, blindness, and other birth defects in the child. This is not to scare you, but it would be best to consult your physician to put your mind at rest. It may also be a good idea for your friend to pay a visit to her doctor as the absolute lack of any discharge may indicate a problem. Read more on green discharge during pregnancy

Panty liners and sanitary napkins will help absorb the discharge and it would be inadvisable to use tampons as they may cause irritation to the genital area. Wear cotton underpants and avoid tight inner wear or pants. Steer clear of bubble baths, scented deodorised soaps, feminine hygiene sprays and scented toilet paper as these upset the bacterial balance in the vaginal area and can lead to infections. Douching is absolutely not allowed as it can be a major cause of putting you at risk for microbial infections. Use warm water to clean the genital region and always wipe from front to back. More on mucus discharge during pregnancy

Submitted by N on July 7, 2010 at 04:10

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