Leukorrhea: Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy
During a pregnancy, it is common for a woman to experience vaginal discharge known as Leukorrhea. While in some cases, this discharge may indicate a health complication, it is often just a normal effect of pregnancy.
What is Leukorrhea?
Leukorrhea is the medical term for thick, whitish or clear vaginal discharge. This discharge typically contains secretions from vaginal cells as well as microscopic organisms known as bacteriophages. In pregnant women, leukorrhea is caused by increased estrogen levels, an increase of blood flow to the vagina, and the body’s production of mucus.
When Does Leukorrhea Happen During Pregnancy?
Leukorrhea usuallyfirst appears in the earliest stages of pregnancy. Throughout the first trimester, the amount of leukorrhea should steadily increase. The amount should remain fairly consistent throughout the second and third trimesters, before it reduces again straight after the birth.
How Can I Reviews Leukorrhea?
Leukorrhea is usually harmless and can be managed with the following steps:
- Wear Cotton Underwear: Cotton allows your vagina to breathe and helps keep your lower body dry.
- Stay Clean: Take regular showers, especially after exercising.
- Avoid Soaps and Deodorants: Certain vaginal cleaning products may lead to an infection, or disrupt the healthy balance of the vagina’s bacteria.
In some cases, the leukorrhea may have an unpleasant smell. If you notice a strong odor, it may be caused by an infection and you should let your doctor know for further testing.
Leukorrhea is a normal and healthy part of pregnancy. While there are steps you can take to manage it, remember that it is usually nothing to worry about. However, as always, talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.