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Pregnancy Discharge

Leukorrhea

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Leukorrhea is a mild, odorless discharge from the vagina that is clear or milky in color. It does not indicate a vaginal infection and should not smell or itch. You may have noticed it occasionally as a wetness in your underwear near ovulation. During pregnancy due to the increased blood flow to the vaginal area and the increase in pregnancy hormones, likes estrogen, you may notice more of this discharge.

Since it is made up of skin cells from your body it is not harmful and should not be considered a threat to the pregnancy. You may notice it through out pregnancy or more as you near your due date. If you experience a lot of discharge consider wearing panty liners or small pads to help keep you feeling dry and fresh.

Many women experience the pregnancy discharge and it is nothing to be concerned about. That doesn't mean it isn't annoying or sometimes worrisome. You would want to report it to your doctor or midwife if it ever became:

  • Heavy
  • Chunky
  • Foul-smelling
  • Copious
  • Changed in a manner that concerned you

These changes may indicate an infection or a need for further investigation.

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