If you’re secreting certain liquids during or after pregnancy and you’re unsure of what it is, this article is written for you.
These vaginal discharges you experience in this phase could be of different kinds and due to different reasons. Let us look at them below.
1. Yeast Infection
You may have had it or heard of it, but it is a common form of vaginal discharge. It has no odour and is white in colour with a cottage cheese like texture. It may cause your vaginal area to become sore or even cause pain, but it is easy to cure it with proper medication.
There is nothing to worry about. With hormonal imbalances, a majority of pregnant women get it and, as we told you above, it is easy to treat with proper medication.
2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
The second most common instance is if you’ve any STD due to unprotected sex, especially during pregnancy. The substance that you discharge here is either yellow or greenish-yellow in colour with an awful smell. The most common STD found in women is trichomoniasis, which results in this kind of discharge. We suggest you consult your gynaecologist in case you find yourself to be secreting it.
3. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
This is when the bacteria residing in your vagina decides to act up a little too much, causing a grayish-white vaginal discharge with a fishy smell or basically, an unpleasant smell. Your vaginal area might burn while you pee and if not treated on time, it can cause a membrane rupture in your uterus or lead to preterm labour. Be careful and make sure to consult your doctor.
4. Amniotic Fluids
Amniotic fluids are something you have in your uterus and it has everything your baby needs in terms of energy. This is what provides the baby with nutrients and immunity. You may see some secretion throughout your pregnancy, but it reduces drastically by the time you’ve the 36th week as your uterus is almost prepared for delivery now. But if you see a leak in your amniotic fluid (and only an ultrasound can tell you that), what you’ve caught is oligohydramnios.
Consult your gynaecologist if you’re still experiencing vaginal discharges in your third trimester towards your delivery date.
Lochia is postpartum vaginal discharge due to the thin lines removing themselves out of the uterus post delivery. You may see a pinkish-red discharge that is usually heavy until the fourth-day post delivery. It subsides by the time you make it to the tenth day with only a little yellowish-white discharge.