During pregnancy, there are many changes that a woman may go through some which can result in discomfort. Changes that occur in the early pregnancy in your vaginal discharge are usually due to normal hormonal fluctuations and pregnancy progress. A discharge that is not normal can be a sign of infection in the cervix, vagina or in the uterus or even a sign of an abnormal pregnancy. Apart from discharge, you should observe other more symptoms that could indicate a presence of problem and talk to your doctor immediately.
A normal early pregnancy discharge is usually milky white or creamy white and in some cases it may be clear white in some cases. Even if the pregnancy test kit has failed to give the right results of your status, knowing if you are pregnant can be determined by the color of vaginal discharge that you secrete. The following are some of the discharges you should expect:
- White discharge
- Clear white discharge
- Jelly-like pregnancy discharge
- Implantation bleeding
Early Signs of Pregnancy Discharge
Many sources have provided explanations on some of the changes you should expect while you have just got pregnant. The signs and symptoms of pregnancy may vary from one woman to another according how active your hormones may be and how healthy you are to enable hormones to carry their activities efficiently.
A pregnancy discharge can range from blood, to clear mucus, to watery discharge, and even a creamy white discharge. Every kind of discharge you produce means a different activity going on in your womb.
Normal changes in early pregnancy
Usually, discharge from your cervical is normally high during ovulation, fertilization of the egg, during implantation and at different trimesters in the pregnancy period simply because, during these periods there are increased hormonal activities which result in discharge.
Increased production of estrogen and progesterone is normal very common during ovulation and pregnancy. During all these happenings, the uterine lining and cervix produce a secretion which is seen as vaginal discharge. Normal early signs of pregnancy discharge include the following:
- Ovulation clear discharge
While you are undergoing ovulation, the level of estrogen hormone usually is high. This will cause the mucus secretion to increase from the endocrine walls which include the uterus and the cervix. The progesterone hormone will increase immediately after ovulation to make sure that the uterine wall is ready for pregnancy. Therefore, during all these activities a woman may produce a clear white discharge which is normally odorless.
- Jelly-like pregnancy discharge
A clear white discharge in early pregnancy usually indicates that there are increased estrogen hormone activities in the uterus and cervix. This therefore causes an increase in the secretion of cervical mucus which is seen as a gelatinous vaginal discharge. This usually happens immediately after the egg has been fertilized thereby causing more increase in the estrogen hormone.
- Fertilization discharge
When an egg has been fertilized, this will make an ovary to continue producing more hormones. The progesterone hormone will cause the estrogen to secrete thicker mucus. While you are in your first two weeks before you realize missed periods you may see this thick mucus secretion which appear to be heavier, tacky and sticky. This mucus is usually part of the mucus plug which usually remains in the uterus during the entire pregnancy period.
- Creamy white early pregnancy discharge
Leukorrhea is a term that is used to refer to that white discharge that is commonly produced during pregnancy. The discharge is usually thin, creamy or milky, white and without a bad smell. The discharge is believed to be caused by the ectropion and an exposure of the cervical glands to the vaginal environment. This will cause the endo-cervical glands to produce more mucus which is mixed with white blood cells.
In some cases, this creamy discharge can be too heavy and therefore end up causing vaginal itching. Usually, if the cervix is increasingly exposed it produces more mucus due to an inflammation that is normally referred to as cervicitis.
- Passing tissue
In some cases women may secrete a thick discharge as a sign of early pregnancy which appear as a fatal tissue. In a period of five weeks, when a woman has an abnormal pregnancy, it is very common that she may secrete white fetal tissue. The fatal tissue is not usually too much and therefore what is greatly seen is usually mucus from the cervix.
In case you realize that you secrete a white fatal tissue while you are pregnant that is associated with vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain you should see your medical adviser. This is because you may be dealing with an ectopic pregnancy which is normally very dangerous.
- Stringy red blood discharge
While you are pregnant, a stringy red blood discharge is usually a mixture of heavy mucus and blood. This is because while implantation takes place, there is some trauma experienced on the uterine wall which may result in bleeding. Furthermore, we have talked about mucus that is heavily produced by hormonal activities while the egg has been fertilized. When these two mix up, they form a sticky bloody discharge.
Also, a stringy blood discharge can be as a result of an abnormal pregnancy, so you should always watch out if there are other symptoms.
- Implantation bleeding
This can be described as bleeding that takes place when an egg is getting implanted on the uterine wall so that it can begin its normal growth process. This usually happens after about 3 days after fertilization has taken place. The blood that is discharged may be red, brownish or a pinkish mucus discharge after bleeding.
The bleeding normally last for some days few days or it may stay up to the time you were expecting your period and then stops. If it does not stop you should consult your doctor to make sure you are not dealing with something serious.
- Cervical discharge
An increase in hormonal activities during early pregnancy results in the exposure of the inner canal of the cervix (also known as endo-cervix). The exposure or the turning of inside out of the glands lining of the cervix is what is referred to as ectropion. Here, the inner part of the cervix is visible to the vagina. The glands of the cervix have increased network of blood vessels which may bleed very easily when exposed.
If this happens, a woman may realize some stringy blood discharge after having an intercourse. The exposed cervical glands are normally very fragile and can bleed very easily
Abnormal early signs of pregnancy discharge
You may experience a discharge while you are pregnant that is usually a sign of an undergoing condition in your reproductive system. As we said above you may get an ectopic pregnancy which is a pregnancy that takes place outside the uterus especially in the fallopian tube. This type pregnancy can as well result in a discharge in the early days of pregnancy. Other abnormal types of pregnancy include a chemical pregnancy and early miscarriage.
However, some discharges during pregnancy can be a sign of an infection in your vagina such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or even sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the abnormal discharges in the early pregnancy include the following:
- Yellow discharge
A yellowish discharge can be an indication that you have an infection in your cervix or an inflammation in the vagina. The yellow discharge usually shows the presence of white blood cells and other inflammatory cells in your discharge. There are two infections that result to this yellowish discharge in early pregnancy:
- An STI infection: usually, there are two types of STI infections that can result in vaginal discharge and these include gonorrhea and chlamydia. The discharge is normally thick and yellow due to the presence of pus in it. Other symptoms associated with these infections include pin in the abdomen and pelvic area, fever, pain during urination and intercourse and burning. Any sexually transmitted infection should be treated immediately to avoid more complications including pregnancy miscarriage.
- Bacterial vaginosis: this is bacterial infection that results from the imbalance of the existing good bacteria in the vagina. It may result in a yellowish or grayish fishy smelling discharge and other symptoms include vaginal itching and burning sensation. This infection can result in a preterm delivery and birth of baby with underweight. Treatment may involve the use of antibiotics.
- Pale-green discharge in early pregnancy
There ae other numerous vaginal and cervical infections that can result in this type of discharge. Some of the common ones include the following:
- Trichomonas: a parasite referred to as trichomonas can as well result in a vaginal discharge that is pale-green, gray or yellowish-green and frothy. The discharge may also have an odor smell which can also be described as fishy smell with vaginal itchiness, burning, and painful urination. Trichomonas is an STI condition that sometime occurs in company of other STIs. It does not have severe health effects on the mother but can result in preterm delivery or birth of an underweight baby. The infection can reoccur if both partners are not treated in time.
- Brown discharge
Another early sign of pregnancy discharge is a brown discharge. The discharge is caused by the bleeding which is light and slow. By the time the discharge is released, the red blood pigment is already absorbed. The brown discharge during pregnancy is caused by the normal implantation process that usually occurs some few days after ovulation.
A brown discharge can as well be as a result of bleeding from the eversion of the cervix which results from increased estrogen production in your early pregnancy and also a chemical pregnancy, nonviable intrauterine early egg, or ectopic pregnancy.
- Sweet smelling discharge
A normal vaginal discharge is usually with a slight sweet smell. If the discharge is strongly sweet smell, it could be a sign of an overgrowth of the lactobacilli bacteria- the bacteria found in the yogurt. A yeast infection can as well result in a sweet smelling discharge.
A lactobacilli bacteria is the one that provides an essential environment in the vagina that protects it from any infections and overgrowth of bad organisms. If a normal balance of these bacteria is affected may though douching, increase in hormones, or change in diet, these bacteria can overgrow thereby resulting in an infection. Also it can cause an overgrowth of naturally existing yeast.
What does Early Pregnancy Discharge Look and Feel Like?
A normal vagina discharge that is seen while a woman is in her early pregnancy is usually milky white or creamy white as we have said above. However, she may keep seeing this discharge throughout a pregnancy progress since there are many instances in the pregnancy where hormones cause a white discharge not just in the first trimester but throughout the pregnancy.
Apart from that, there are other normal discharges that occur in early pregnancy as we have talked about above that should not cause you any worry. For example, while implantation is taking place in the first week of pregnancy expect to see some blood sheds on your panty or panty liner which indicates that an egg is getting attached to the uterine wall so that it can start to grow into a baby.
Other reasons why you have a discharge while you get pregnant are because:
- The discharge is used to prevent your growing baby from any infection from germs through your cervix and vagina. In fact, some sources suggest that clear white mucus that is secreted during pregnancy is very essential.
- Also, this discharge is very important as it wash away all old cells and uterine lining to provide a better environment for the growth of the baby.
All these are normal discharges and they feel sticky, stringy or sometimes heavy.
What Kind of Discharge is Normal during Early Pregnancy?
According to research done by doctors all over the world, a normal discharge in your early days of pregnancy should be thin, milky white or creamy white, in others cases clear white. The discharge should be odorless or if it has a smell it should be slight or a mild. The normal discharge should not have other symptoms in the vagina or cervix. Usually, the discharge is said to be produced by the glands found in the cervix (also referred to as the neck of the womb) and the walls of the vagina.
Also, a spotting or bloody discharge is very normally in the early days of pregnancy as it simplifies an implantation process in the uterus.
If the discharge is fishy smelling or yellowish or pale green, it simplifies that you have an infection in your first days of pregnancy and therefore you should find ways of getting help.
What does Pregnancy Discharge looks like Pictures
There are many types of discharges that may be visible while you are pregnant. Each discharge has its own information that it is trying to tell you according to what is taking place in your reproductive system. Comparing with what we have talked above on different colors and textures of early signs of pregnancy discharge, you can have a look at the pictures we have provided so that you know if your discharge is normal or abnormal.
First Sign of Pregnancy First Week
Before you realize a missed period, some of the early sings of pregnancy in the first week are also visible and can be identified easily. If you decide to take a pregnancy test very early you may either come up with a positive or a negative result which means this cannot be reliable while finding out your pregnancy status in the first week. However, there are other signs you should watch out in week one as we will share below:
- Implantation bleeding
We’ve talked about this severally in this post and who knows! They say persistence is perfect. Implantation process involves breakage of the uterine lining or tissues and this will obviously result in bleeding. The bleeding flows down the cervix to the vagina and is released out as a blood discharge. This is very normal and therefore should not result to any panic.
- Implantation cramping
This is also very common in the first week of pregnancy. Cramping can be described as abdominal aches that cause someone want just to remain in a bending position. They are very common while implantation is taking place. This is because trauma that is resulted from the egg attaching itself on the uterine wall is not a walk in the park.
- Nauseated feeling
Morning sleekness and nausea feeling is very common in the first days of the pregnancy. Most women may experience these symptoms as early as few days after implantation have taken place. These feelings are caused by increased hormonal activities during the pregnancy process.
- White discharge
We have also talked about this severally in this text and this is one of the major signs you should expect while you get pregnant in the first week. The milky white discharge usually occurs in the days you were expecting to receive your period. It can easily be mistaken with a milky discharge that usually occurs before your menstrual period.
Other common symptoms of pregnancy in the first days include tiredness and swollen and tender breast. If you have not taken any test and you experience all these symptoms, be sure you are pregnant.
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