When you get pregnant one thing is certain: you will not have menstruation during the nine months! But is the same thing true for vaginal discharge? What vaginal leaks should you expect during pregnancy and when should you worry?
Some changes during pregnancy are obvious and easy to understand. Hormones do something more like war, and all traces are reflected in your body, but also on the surface of the body. Some of the things that change during pregnancy are vaginal leakage.
Physiological vaginal secretions
You have to know that during the whole pregnancy, you will find much larger amounts of the usual vaginal discharge that all women have, called leukorrhea.
It is that whitish or transparent secretion, without a strong odor, with a consistency like egg whites that is manifested in women from puberty to menopause.
During pregnancy, this vaginal discharge is somewhat more abundant, being more pronounced in the last trimester. The amount increases during this period due to the high production of estrogen and because of the very good blood circulation in the vaginal area.
By the end of pregnancy this secretion is more abundant and it is possible to notice differences in texture and color, which are normal: it may be thicker (it may be secreted in the form of small clots) and whiter in color than usual. It is possible that in the last days of pregnancy you expel even the mucus plug, this effect announcing that it is time to give birth.
What can you do?
Follow the proper hygiene rules:
- constantly wash the area (but without soaps and deodorants);
- uses absorbents (and not internal pads);
- wear only cotton linen;
- if you feel pain or burns in the area, with the occurrence of secretion or if you notice a change in texture (it becomes aqueous), in color (its greenish yellow) or in the smell, go to a gynecological medical check, not to mention of any infection.
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is an alarm signal that should lead you directly to the doctor's office for added safety. However, there are cases where small blood stains or slight bleeding occur and are not dangerous.
In the first trimester, approximately in the third week (the period calculated from the first day of the last menstruation), a slight bleeding may appear, showing that the fertilized egg was implanted on the uterine wall (endometrium).
Small blemishes may still appear after sexual contact, when penetration was a little deeper and reached the cervix.
Following a gynecological examination, small blood stains may appear, for the same reasons as in the case of sexual intercourse.
When should you worry?
Small blemishes or vaginal bleeding are sometimes normal and less dangerous in the first part of pregnancy, but there are situations when medical consultation is required: if bleeding is accompanied by severe abdominal pain it may be a sign of spontaneous abortion. Also, if it is abundant and extends over several days, you should go to the doctor.
Any vaginal bleeding that occurs late in pregnancy (second and third trimester) should be reported to the doctor because the danger of something not being right is extremely high.
At the end of the 9 months of pregnancy, when the water of the pregnancy breaks, the amniotic fluid begins to flow: it has aqueous texture, has no color and no smell. This leak occurs, and it is normal to be so, only in week 37 of pregnancy and is the sign that the baby is coming to meet you face to face. Earlier this time, the loss of amniotic fluid is a danger, which may indicate a premature birth or an illness.
Any emergence of amniotic fluid before the end of the third trimester of pregnancy should be checked with your doctor, so you and your baby can be safe.
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