Cervical Fluid In Pregnancy

The cervix is the narrow portion that links the uterus to the vagina. It plays a crucial role in pregnancy as it provides an entry to the sperm for fertilization of the mature egg and this makes pregnancy possible. At the end of the pregnancy, it provides a passage for the baby to leave the safe abode of its mother's womb through the process of childbirth.

During pregnancy, the hormonal changes that take place in the expectant mother's body, especially the increase in estrogen levels, cause an increase in cervical fluid during pregnancy. Increased blood flow to the pelvic region is also responsible for an increase in cervical fluid in pregnancy.

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A sudden increase in cervical fluid in early pregnancy often leaves the expectant mother worried. Increased cervical fluid during pregnancy is normal as long as it is clear or whitish in color. In most cases, the discharge is odorless. Nevertheless, some do experience a mild odor which is not repulsive. If the cervical fluid appears hazy or similar to cottage cheese and has a repulsive odor, it may be an indication of infection. In the case of infections, the discharge may also be greenish or grayish in color. Urination may be accompanied by a burning sensation and an itchy sensation may persist. Consulting a doctor is advisable to prevent complications that might affect the pregnancy.

At times, cervical fluid may be just enough to lightly stain underwear. Some women prefer to use panty liners because of this. Constantly leaking cervical fluid during pregnancy is not a possibility.

If you experience a constant trickle of fluid, it could be the result of a leak in the amniotic sac which carries the baby. This fluid is clear, colorless and odorless. If a constant leak is noticed before the end of the pregnancy term, immediate medical attention must be sought as a delay could result in pregnancy loss or infection passing on to the uterus and the baby.

As the pregnancy progress, most women get used to the increased discharge. As the time for delivery draws near, the discharge increases. This normally happens after the 36th week of pregnancy. This sudden increase may be in the form of a blob of mucus or a thicker than usual discharge. This is the expulsion of the mucus plug that protected the uterus and the baby from infection throughout the pregnancy. This cervical discharge is usually blood stained. If it is followed by bleeding or it occurs much earlier than your due date, informing your medical practitioner at the earliest is highly recommended.

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