Oh, the joys of pregnancy! Even though discharge isn’t particularly pleasant, even if it is odorless and rather dull looking, it’s a great means of knowing what’s going on up there. It’s like your vagina, cervix and uterus are sending you messages from beyond!
I had to Google this search term last night because, well, I assume you’ve figured it out by now. Once I logged “white & creamy” into the Glow Nuture app, I was reassured within the insights section that “almost all women have more vaginal discharge in pregnancy. This is quite normal and happens for a few reasons. During pregnancy the cervix and vaginal walls get softer and discharge increases to help prevent any infections travelling up from the vagina to the womb.” It sounds like they know what they’re doing! 🙂
White & Creamy Discharge During Pregnancy
As Glow Nuture assured me, discharge during pregnancy is normal, especially if it’s thin, white, milky and mild smelling, which is called leukorrhea. This happens because the increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy cause more mucus secretion from vaginal tissues.
If the amount is bothersome, use a pad or panty liner. Do not use a tampon, douche or wipes since these can piss off your vajay’s natural chemistry and potentially lead to infections.
Abnormal Discharge & Odors During Pregnancy
Though some discharge is normal, like leukorrhea, other discharge can be the result of an infection or other problem.
I had pink discharge prior to my miscarriage at 15 weeks. When I saw my doctor the next day, I was 1 centimeter dilated. Though pink discharge is sometimes normal, as the chart below points out, it is sometimes not! Whenever in doubt, text / call / see your doctor! It’s much better to be told it’s nothing than to find out it was something.
Thick, White, Chunky Discharge During Pregnancy
See your doctor since it could be a yeast infection. Yeast infections are the most common vaginal infection during pregnancy, especially during the second trimester.
Fishy-Smelling, Gray, Thin Discharge During Pregnancy
See your doctor since it could be bacterial vaginosis (BV). According to the American Pregnancy Association, approximately 10 – 30% of women will experience BV during pregnancy, which is caused by an imbalance in the normal bacteria that live in a woman’s hoo ha.
Green, Thin, Itchy Discharge During Pregnancy
See your doctor since it could be trichomoniasis, a sexually-transmitted infection. According to the CDC, trichomoniasis, or trich, is the most common curable STD.
Yellow, Mucousy Discharge During Pregnancy
See your doctor. This discharge is actually coming from the cervix and not the vagina, and can be a sign of cervicitis, an inflammation of the cervix.
If you are experiencing any abnormal discharge, or if the discharge is associated with fever, pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, then see your doctor!