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Pregnancy can be accompanied by some wonderful and horrible experiences. With the body changing rapidly and the hormones playing their balancing act, you may find yourself confronting many unpleasant reactions from your body. One of them is fluids and discharges coming from your vagina. There could be many potential reasons for yellow discharge during early pregnancy from the vagina. It could be a result of an infection which if left untreated, could spread through your cervix to the placenta and infect the amniotic fluid.
What is Yellow Discharge?
The surge in hormones, increase in levels of oestrogen within the body and the additional blood flow to the vagina cause leucorrhea (discharge seen from the vagina through pregnancy). This discharge comprises of secretions from the cervix as well as the vagina, normal bacterial flora from the vaginal walls and the old vaginal cells. The amount and frequency of discharge differ in every woman.
Is Yellow Discharge in Pregnancy Normal?
Vaginal discharge is the body’s own mechanism for cleaning the vagina by flushing out dead cells and bacteria to keep the vagina clean and healthy. Leucorrhea, an increased amount of vaginal mucus, is a common pregnancy symptom. The discharge will peak during the third trimester. If the discharge has a foul smell and is of a dark colour, then you need to visit the doctor.
What Causes Yellow Discharge in Pregnant Women?
Other than high oestrogen levels, there are some other causes of bright yellow discharge that pregnant women may be confronted with.
1. Dominance of Oestrogen
High levels of oestrogen mean larger amounts of vaginal discharge. Other factors that cause an increase in oestrogen levels are excess body fat, stress, low fibre diet or even a weak immune system. Your doctor may prescribe medication if oestrogen dominance is the cause of abnormal discharge.
2. Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are common during the second trimester as the hormones affect the vagina’s pH level allowing yeast called Candida Albicans to grow. This causes a thick white foul smelling discharge, vaginal itching, redness and swelling of the vulva. The colour of the mucus may differ in every woman, and your doctor may prescribe medication that will eliminate the infection soon causing no harm to your baby.
3. Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is caused when the balance of good and bad bacteria of the vaginal flora is toppled. Good bacteria control the bad bacteria, but when the bad bacteria outnumber the good, it results in Bacterial Vaginosis. It is characterized by a yellow-green, thick and foul-smelling discharge accompanied by itching and swelling. This condition could lead to premature delivery, a low birth weight of the baby and even uterine infection after pregnancy if not treated on time.
4. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
The most common cause of abnormal discharge, STD’s pose a very high risk to both the mother and the baby. STD’s if not treated on time could lead to premature rupture of the membrane, premature delivery and even low birth weight of the baby. The main STD’s that lead to an abnormal discharge are Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
When You Need to Worry?
Other than causes mentioned above there may be STD’s not characterised by burning, itching or irritation. Any sight of grey, green, yellow discharge with an unpleasant smell is certainly something to worry about.
How is Yellow Discharge Treated?
There are preventive measures that could help reduce the amount of discomfort resulting due to discharge.
Home Remedies for Yellow Discharge
- Panty liners are good to absorb the discharge if it is not caused by an infection.
- Keep the vaginal area clean, healthy and neat wiping it from front to all the way at the back. Wear cotton panties for additional comfort.
- Avoid scented soaps, pads and toilet paper, hygiene sprays, and tight-fitting pants.
- Stay away from douching as it distresses the normal bacterial flora of the vagina and increases the chances of having an infection.
How You Can Prevent Yellow Discharge when Pregnant?
- Keep the genital area clean and dry all the time.
- Wearing loose fitting clothes and undergarments that will not irritate the skin.
- Avoid douching the vagina to abate infection.
- Following a healthy diet and include a lot of yoghurt in it.
- Control stress through various means of yoga and meditation.
Below are notable questions that people may have:
1. Can Yellow Discharge be a Sign of Pregnancy?
Due to high oestrogen levels, it is not uncommon to experience vaginal discharge. The colour could be a white, pale cream or even light yellow. You need to be worried if it is darker in the shade.
2. Is White Yellow Discharge during Pregnancy Normal?
A white-yellow discharge with no odour and with the consistency of an egg white is quite normal during pregnancy.
3. Is Yellow Odourless Discharge while Pregnant Okay?
Generally, the discharge tends to be white in colour or light yellow. But if it is of dark shade and is getting increasingly darker over time, you must consult your doctor. Follow your instinct and keep monitoring the colour of the discharge.
4. Can Thick Yellow Discharge with Foul Smell be a Symptom of a Disease?
Most cases, thick yellow discharge accompanied by a foul smell could be a symptom of an infection or a disease. You must seek medical intervention to get treated immediately.
It definitely concerns when you see an unpleasant discharge from your vagina and also equally embarrassing to discuss the same with your doctor. A light vaginal discharge white, cream or light yellow in colour with an egg white consistency is completely normal. But if the discharge takes on some strange colour and emanates foul odour, you would need to seek medical advice to take corrective action.