Virginal discharge during pregnancy is quite common. What you are most probably experiencing is Leukorrhea - the mild smelling or odorless milky discharge that you sometimes may have noticed in your underwear before you got pregnant.
Now, the frequency and volume might intensify because of increased level of estrogen production and enhanced blood flow to the virginal area. This discharge usually consists of secretion from the virginal and cervix, old virginal cell walls, and normal bacteria flora from the vagina.
Although the discharge during pregnancy will intensify as you approach labor, it is highly unlikely to look any different from the flow you have become accustomed to.
Yes, it is. In early pregnancy, it is normal for cervical secretion to
fill your cervical canals and create a protective barrier that is normally
referred to as mucus plug. As you cervix begins to efface and dilate, it may
expel some of this mucus that will look like an egg white or mucus from a
running nose on a cold day. It is also possible to expel the plug in one
gelatinous glob. This discharge might be slightly mixed with a bit of blood.
There is nothing you can do to stop the flow if the discharge during pregnancy is not due to infection. But you CAN use a pantyliner to absorb it if you feel the need to. However, it is advisable you don’t use tampons during pregnancy.
To maintain a healthy genital area, it is important to keep it clean and always endeavor to wipe from front to back and wear cotton underwear. Stay away from tight pants, bubble bath, nylons, scented pads or toilet paper, scented or deodorant soaps, and feminine hygiene spray.
Douching is also not advisable as it can upset the normal balance of virginal flora and heighten the risk of virginal infection. In addition, douching can enable the introduction of air into your circulatory system through the virginal in rare cases, which can cause serious complication.
It can be difficult to tell if it is just mucus or amniotic fluid when you are experiencing a lot of thin, clear discharge during pregnancy. If you are not sure what it is, please contact your doctor. You should contact your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
Finally, if you think you have an infection, don’t make the mistake of trying to treat yourself with over-the-counter medication. The symptoms are not always easy to differentiate, so it is important to see a medical practitioner for diagnosis and treatment if necessary.