Vaginal Discharge During the First Days of Pregnancy: What Is It Like?
Vaginal discharge changes its characteristics during the first days of pregnancy and this occurs in response to hormonal action and the numerous transformations that occur in the female genitalia.
Women who pay attention to these secretions throughout the cycle may suspect their condition a few days after ovulation. That’s why today, we’re going to tell you what the discharge looks like after conceiving so you know what to expect. Keep reading!
Normal vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge is a secretion produced by the cells of the cervix and vagina after being stimulated by female hormones, especially estrogens. This fluid coats the walls of the lower genital tract (LGE) and is composed of water, electrolytes, carbohydrates, proteins, antibodies, enzymes, and dead cells.
Among the functions of vaginal discharge are the following:
- Eliminating dead cells that flake off the walls of the vagina
- Maintaining lubrication of the intimate area
- Facilitating the ascent of sperm to the cervix
- Maintaining the balance of the vaginal flora
- Protecting the LGE from infections
Throughout the menstrual cycle, and in relation to the hormonal tenor, the characteristics of vaginal discharge change, either in color, appearance, or texture.
Before ovulation, the discharge becomes more watery, light, and abundant so that the sperm can move easily to reach the cervix and enter this cavity.
During ovulation, the discharge adopts a characteristic appearance, similar to that of an eggwhite: It’s more transparent, abundant, and elastic. This type of discharge is accompanied by an increase in libido and sometimes slight pains in the abdomen. If conception doesn’t occur, the discharge becomes more viscous and scanty until menstruation arrives.
What’s vaginal discharge like in the first days of pregnancy?
When conception occurs, hormone levels increase rapidly, especially progesterone, estrogen, and human chorionic gonadotropin. This also produces a considerable increase in the blood irrigation of the entire pelvic area, especially at the level of the uterus and vagina.
Both hormonal and blood stimulation increase the production of vaginal discharge, and it’s common to notice that in the early days of pregnancy, it becomes more fluid, abundant, whitish, and with a very mild odor. This is known as leucorrhea .
Some women notice this change, especially if they’re on cycle or looking to get pregnant. Therefore, if near the date of the next period, you corroborate that your discharge has these characteristics, you could be facing one of the first symptoms of pregnancy.
Sometimes you can also detect a pink or brownish discharge in the days following ovulation. These signs may correspond to implantation bleeding, which is a small hemorrhage that occurs when the zygote penetrates the walls of the uterus.
As we’ve said, in the first days of pregnancy, the vaginal discharge acquires a denser and thicker texture, because with the passing of time, it will form the mucus plug. This secretion will begin to form at the opening of the cervix until it’s completely sealed.
The function of the mucus plug is to isolate the baby from the outside, to protect it from germs that live in or can colonize the LGE . This structure is expelled at the end of pregnancy, in the process of labor, especially when the cervix begins to dilate.
Can vaginal discharge change in appearance throughout pregnancy?
Throughout pregnancy, it’s normal to perceive oscillations in the production of vaginal discharge, although in general, the amount of secretions is usually more abundant than usual.
It’s essential that you evaluate its characteristics every day. That is, make sure that it’s white, clear, and odorless. If any of these signs change, consult a specialist.
Toward the end of pregnancy, especially in the last month, the weight of the uterus, the pressure of the baby’s head in the vaginal canal, and the softening of the cervix cause a slight increase in the production of vaginal discharge. You shouldn’t worry about this if they maintain the characteristics mentioned above. These are physiological changes that occur in this last stage.
Sometimes, you may feel a little uncomfortable because of the amount of discharge you expel. Be sure to always maintain proper vaginal hygiene, use panty liners, and change them several times a day. Keep in mind that the use of tampons during pregnancy is completely contraindicated.
It’s important to note that if your vaginal discharge changes color (bright yellow, green, or gray), acquires a thick or lumpy texture, and has a strong or foul odor, you may be suffering from a vaginal infection. In this case, you should promptly seek medical evaluation to avoid complications with your pregnancy.
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