The early signs of pregnancy can include such things as fatigue, frequent urination, cramping and mood swings, and in many cases, they can be confused for average menstrual symptoms. However, in some cases, they can be quite unusual, as in vaginal discharge, also called pregnancy discharge.
What Is Vaginal Discharge?
It’s believed a small percentage of women, between 20-30%, experience a vaginal discharge as the first sign that they may be pregnant. This is a liquid called leukorrhea or “white flow” that is dispatched due to an estrogen imbalance. It will be milky white and near odorless in most cases.
What Causes Vaginal Discharge?
The actual color could be anywhere from milky white to pinkish brown, and it’s caused by an increase in estrogen levels and more blood flow to the vagina. If the color is pinkish, it likely contains a small amount of blood from the last menstrual cycle. This is fairly common, and nothing to worry about. It’s also different from implantation bleeding, as it will be lighter in color, and possibly can come without cramping.
Are There Any Side Effects Or Issues To Vaginal Discharge?
There is the possibility of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or vaginal infections can worsen the situation. If there’s an unpleasant odor, itching and burning, or excessive discharge that could range in color from gray to green to yellow, your physician should be contacted, as one of the previously named issues could have occurred. While neither is very severe, each requires treatment to be resolved.
What Can Be Done About Vaginal Discharge?
Vaginal discharge is fairly common among pregnant women, and is likely in most cases to resolve itself upon carrying the child to term. Once the body’s estrogen levels return to normal, the cervix should respond, and all things should revert to normal.
Possible Side-Effects After Pregnancy
In some cases, there is a possibility that women who experience vaginal discharge during their pregnancy, will after birth, experience backaches, further discharge and failure of involution of their uterus. If this occurs, your doctor will need to be involved to assist in alleviating the issues. In any case, if this symptom occurs in early pregnancy, be sure notify your prenatal caregiver, so the issue is monitored completely.
Vaginal discharge among some women may be an early sign of pregnancy, however if the symptoms aren’t as natural or pleasant, it could be a sign of something else. If there is any cause for concern, you should seek your physicians guidance.