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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm having so much discharge all of a sudden. Is this normal?

Re: I'm having so much discharge all of a sudden. Is this normal?

The Bump Expert

You've probably seen this normal, odorless or mild smelling, whitish discharge before... there's just more of it now that you're pregnant. This discharge, called leukorrhea, is made up of secretions from the cervix and vagina, and becomes heavier during pregnancy thanks to an increase in estrogen production and greater blood flow to the vagina.

You'll notice another increase in discharge as you approach delivery. As your cervix thins and dilates it will expel the mucus plug, leaving behind a thicker discharge. If you see an increase in discharge or change in consistency before week 37 or a pink or brownish tint at any point during pregnancy, call your doctor immediately -- this could be a sign of preterm labor. Also inform your doctor if your discharge is accompanied by itching or burning, because this might be a sign of infection.

The best way to deal with discharge is by keeping the area dry and clean. Wear cotton underwear and steer clear of tight clothing, scented pads, douches, or any other feminine hygiene sprays or products. There's really no way to reduce discharge... but you wouldn’t want to, anyway. It's your body’s natural way of expelling bacteria that could harm both you and baby.

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Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Heavy discharge?

Ugh. Gross but true. Invest in pantyliners.

sara_smile |

re: Q: Heavy discharge?

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HollywoodDoll |

Pop

I am entering my 2nd trimester and I am a huge diet pepsi fan. Is it okay to drink it or any kind of pop during pregnancy and if so what is the "okay" limit for daily consumption as I can usually go through a 12 pack of cans in a week or less.

easygoing1_13 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

My doctor told me up to 320mg of caffeine per day is okay - which would equal about 5-6 cans of pop...but I personally wouldn't feel comfortable drinking that much. I usually have about 1-2 cans a day. I've read that the old belief of no caffeine has been proven wrong with recent studies.

Orchid86 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

My dr. said it's not so much the caffeine, which is fine in small doses, but it's the diet soda that causes concern. You are not supposed to have any fake sugars, which are used in diet sodas. Maybe switch to regular pepsi....

mzey |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I just noticed this in the last day or two. I remembered reading about it here and I am not worried. I have to say it is not as gross as the hormone suppositories I was on after IVF - that discharge was almost like having your period. ICK!

dani2807 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Ugh!!! But i just started to have that last week. I was like what??

mcoleman1 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I know what u mean dani, I had to use those up until my eight weeks, completely gross but I'm 13 weeks now and think my twins were worth the ickiness.

lillove7 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm 13 weeks today and this discharge just started yesterday! Sounds like the timing is just right.

mlongo1012 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

My hubbs and I went to a Healthy Pregnancy class, and the nurse said when drinking soda, the phosphates replace the calcium in bones. That is why she recommended no soda, not because of the caffeine.

KristaSuz |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I've noticed a particular disharge since i've became pregnant..it seems to be heavy at times..i know nothings wrong b/c i just had a pap a few weeks ago and everything was normal...but it's starting to really bother me...anyone else have this problem??

keyonablake |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Ok, as much as I'm actually blushing right now, Keyona, I'm having this same issue. I'm about over it, I take two mini showers a day, and I still can't handle it. Don't feel bad! On the plus side: the KY has stayed in the drawer since we got pregnant! If my mother could see me sharing this information with potentially millions of strangers, she'd cringe!

HamNCheeze |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I am having the same yuckie discharge also~ I am 13 weeks and 3 days. I didn't really have any and then all of a sudden yesterday, someone turned the faucets on! It is gross, I was continuously running to the restroom yesterday to clean up! Needless to say to change my undereware also! Ewww... but completly worth every bit of it... lol.

Lovebeingpreggo |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Oh, thank God I'm not alone. I was starting to get worried since I'm 9 weeks and it's been going on for the past 2 weeks. I just always have a pantyliner on, that's about all you can do. I've been wanting to ask my OB but I don't see him for another 3 weeks so I'm glad I read this. I assumed it was a part of being pregnant but still freaked out a little when it went on for over a week. I wonder how long this lasts?

Lejlam |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

is brown discharge normal???

joanneandbrad2010 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm 8 weeks along and the discharge problem isn't as bad as I've heard, but then again it could still get worse! I use pantyliners on occasion so I don't feel so gross... Joanne, I'd probably call my Dr about brown discharge... I had a bit of pinkish-brown discharge and it really worried me too, but luckily it turned out to be nothing. It never hurts to ask your Dr! That's why they're there!

lauren_mpenny |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

i am 8 weeks 2 days. i have had a normal amount of discharge, nothing excessive. i'm kind of getting worried that my body isn't producing enough hormones or something? is it normal to be 8 weeks and not experiencing excessive discharge? or should i be worried?

cmelamed |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

With my first pregnancy I didn't get any discharge until the last 6 weeks, and I always thought it was my water breaking running to the bathroom to check, this pregnancy it started almost right away and has been very uncomfortable I tired panty liners but they just made me itchy. So I went and got a ton of new underwear and change often. This is one aspect of the pregnancy that I will not miss.

Tams79 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Hmmm, I've noticed that I am bit "wetter" and have to go wipe up more often, but theres not been any color to discharge, just a very thin liquid that had me thinking I was incontinent without realizing it. Then I read this stuff and its like "oh thats okay then". Hope it doesnt get any worse, but at least pantyliners help.

Kitiara0364 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Caffeine is a diuretic and we all know that we are to get all the fluids we can stand. Caffeine is okay is small amounts but, I figure who whats a baby with caffeine withdraw. I stick to one cuo of coffee a day and caffeine free soda if I have to have it.

jenjoe1 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Hi ladies! I am 13weeks today and as of yesterday I noticed my thing clear discharge is back. Not much, yet, but it had been off and on for a while now. Everything else about our pregnancy is great, already over the nausea stage and I want to eat everything in sight and my energy is coming back full force. I have noticed that I am running to the bathroom more than I have been the last few weeks, but that's fine. I have also newly discovered "round ligament pain". Oh the joys of pregnancy ;). But non of this has been able to keep me from doing all I can to help hubby with the home/ nursery remodel we have going on (laying new wood flooring, then on to tile downstairs). I don't like to exercise, much, but I LOVE home projects, so this has kept me busy and I'm doing well maintaining and even dropping a little weight here and there. Pregnancy is one of the best things that has ever happened to our little family. I wish all you ladies the best and you're in my prayers for safe and healthy pregnancies!

JoeErica13 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Hi, I'm six weeks right now and yesterday I started noticing a brownish discharge being this my first pregnancy I called my Dr. right away and she did an ultrasound and a blood test to check the level of my progesterone hormones also put me on progesterone suppositories, ugh, but I'm willing to do anything I need to, to keep my baby okay.

Lagatamisha |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I don't remember the discharge even being an issue with my first child 4 years ago....but I am 11 weeks along with my second and it is completely out of hand! It's been around for a couple of weeks now and had better stop soon! :(

QuirkiestBurke |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

is milk white dicharge ok?

radford303 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I've had discharge ever since I got pregnant...I'm 13 weeks today...all I can say is PANTYLINERS!!! :o)

islandmom81 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

glad i found this site...i thought i was peeing on myself :)

alwaysmilling |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Wow! Worrying so much about some discharge (which is normal, read any web site) is probably worse for the baby than not paying attention to it at all. Relax. There are so many NEW and UNUSUAL things happening to the body that if u start freaking out about every single one of them u'll drive urself crazy, wear out the fetus and make ur other half hate u for the rest of 40 weeks!!!!! :P

dark4sun |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Ive got this discharge too, its is soo gross and nasty I hate it. Im embrassed to even be arond my boyfriend!!!! Mines more of a white, is that normal?

bamallam |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

FYI - To save money instead of buying liners just fold up some TP and put it in your underwear. I just do that after every time I go.

localucky |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I've taken some hpt and they've come out negative...no AF and about two weeks late. The reason I'm posting this here is because I've had this ridiculous discharge the past week where I literally feel like I'm peeing my pants if I don't wear a pantyliner.....has anyone else had this??? Just wondering if it's possible the hpt aren't picking up the hcg levels...

charmon213 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Charmon-that was one of my first symptoms too. I suggest going to a dr or clinic and taking one of their tests

beckytsr |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm 13 weeks and have started discharging quite a bit. It's thin and clear and I thought I might be leaking AF.. I'll probably have to see my OB to be sure but I was wondering if there are any definite differences between leukorrhea and amniotic fluid??

Natalie5963 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Charmon...I am a few days late so I am not suspecting pregnancy quite yet (as I fluctuate every month), but I did take a hpt a few days ago - negative. I have been noticing more discharge than I ever remember and I am hoping it is not just in my mind. For example, usually my boobs hurt right before I get AF and I have had nothing (although I know the tenderness can be a sign of pregnancy as well). I plan on taking another hpt tomorrow morning and waiting another week. If after two weeks no go...I am calling doctor. Anyone else care to comment?

omaha922 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm with you all - pantiliners are the way to go! Mine fluctuates throughout the day, and at times I feel like there's something else going on... I had a miscarriage in October (1st pregnancy) and am so paranoid about everything!

anet1223 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I'm with Anet - because I miscarried my last pregnancy, every time I feel that discharge, I have to go check the color! I try not let it stress me out though! Pantyliners help keep the underwear clean - and it's any easy way to monitor the color of my discharge!

lmknight7 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I am so glad to read that all of these people are having the same thing happen! I also miscarried my last pregnancy in December so everything out of the ordinary that happens makes me nervous!

Jams22 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

fyi pregnancy hormone levels go up every two days if you are pregnant and are usually stronger in a blood test, i'm a phlebotomist so just thought i'd share. i had a m/c in january at 13 weeks....very hard but i do remember the discharge. i lovvvve pantyliners, and for my next pregnancy i will wear them, to be comfortable and montior the color. i was so paranoid though, and i know that didnt help one bit :( but can't wait til next time, my angels can watch over me then ;)

cibaby08 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Yep me too! However I do have a history of bacterial yeast infections. So I really have to be careful, my doc is aware. Any suggestions on how to treat or manage that while pregnant, I did just complete a round of antibotics. I've been told yogurt to the vagina area is ok, but not while your pregnant???

angelebr |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I was also told that the caffeine inhibits the absorption of iron

catour827 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

My doctor told me to keep it under 150 mg of caffeine or a cup of coffee, I was already in the clear because I LOVE tea and prefer small cups of strong coffee. so if I have coffe I have herbal tea if not I drink Yerba Mate whcih also has vitamins, black green and white teas tannins have been making me nauseas. Oh and the discharge just started for me today and made me panic till i saw this board.

Shannoll |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

11 weeks and have had discharge pretty much from the very beginning. I used panty liners at first but i felt like they made me itchy. Everything i read said that panty liners could cause infection. So i am basically in the bathroom double what i already was! Ready for the dischare to go away but i never really did with my first pregnancy, so I wont be suprised if it stays for this one!

AshtonRose29 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Charmon! Did you find out if you were preggers? I have missed my period for 2 weeks now and it's usually always on time. I have heartburn, sometimes i have urges for sour foods and i have the discharge that's every day since my missed period. and i have gained weight! I feel tired and I've taken 5 hpt and all negative. I am going to the dr Tues to make sure but I wonder if my hcg levels arent high enough to detect it causing a false negative.

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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

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watson012 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I was having some spotting, but only when I wiped. It got heavier and I called the doctor a week and two days ago. They took me in and did an ultrasound. Turns out I was only 5 weeks and 5 days at that point, not the 7 weeks they originally thought I was. They told me that some women bleed during their first trimester and it's ok. Unless it gets heavier than a regular period, I do not need to call. It is like I am having a light period. I am having to wear a pad daily. (and I thought I got 9 months off of this!! haha) I have another appointment next Thursday, at which point I will be 7 weeks and 5 days. Hopefully the baby will be bigger and there will still be a heartbeat. This is my first pregnancy and while they have yet to find anything wrong I am still very worried. Has anyone else experienced this??

jennalynn303 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I have had pretty heavy discharge since about 6 weeks, the colour is normal but the smell is terrible. It's embarrassing and I'm not sure if it's normal :( anyone know anything about that?

HarderWillie |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I recently have found that I have a yeast infection. Now before I was pregnant I seemed to only get them when taking meds for a cold or flu. But I am 14 weeks pregnant and have one. Is there an yeast infection cure that it's safe?

markspencer22 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Its my second child n i dnt remember much this is all new to me again but i really hate this discharge it makes me feel fun n all i want is to change my underwear every minute gosh

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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

i had misscarrige on 24 dec 2011 at 6 week..and my next period coming on 21 jan 2012..the question is i missed my period now at 2 week,the upt negative and ialso have a white vaginal discharge odorless and not painfull..am i pregnant?"

xiema |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I am just over 6 weeks pregnant, and I have more of a discharge this time than when I had my son just over 3 years ago. I know its not AF because that has more of a sweet smell to it (thats what my doctor told me to look our for before my water broke so I knew what was going on when my water did break). I miscarried in December of last year and I was about 6 or 7 weeks. I am really worried about miscarrying this time, but my pregnancy symptoms are a log stronger/more noticeable this time than when I miscarried so I am hoping for the best :)

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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

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Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Im 10 weeks along and have been having a yellowish discharge. I go to the doctor in a week so I will talk to them about it, but I have read that yellowish discharge could be bad. Anyone know more about this?

anners4 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

this is my sec pregnancy im 9 weeks and 3 days. some days i have discharge and other days i dont. is this okay? im worried..

jaleesa253 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

I've been having discharge since about 8 or 9 weeks pregnant....is that normal?

BeccaRose86 |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Anners, I was told that as long as it is not accompanied by burning, itching, or foul smell, yellow discharge is normal.

Hprock |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Hi All...I am experiencing the same thing. I was really worried, because I usually get something like this right before I get my period, so thanks for the reassurance! I am only just pregnant, 4 weeks, and this is my first.

BigRandsGrl |

Q&A: Discharge during pregnancy?

Hello, I'm about 6-7 weeks in, and my OB scheduled an appointment between 8-9 weeks. I have been having brownish discharge daily, not a copious amount... I saw someone mentioned needing progesterone....could you elaborate? It's my first, should I call to push the appointment up? Thanks.

Asianeyez22 |