When you become pregnant, you may feel confused by the changes in your body. In particular, changes in the discharge often appear in the early stages of pregnancy, and some people find that this is the first time they notice they are pregnant.
The vaginal discharge is very important to protect the female body from infections. Checking the condition of the discharge on a regular basis will help you to recognize and respond to pregnancy, infections, and changes in your health condition sooner.
Knowing the changes in a woman’s discharge during pregnancy can help prepare you for the changes in your body. If you are a pregnant woman, the change in discharge is very important to know when you are pregnant or ovulating.
In this article, let’s learn the basics of how discharge, which is so important to a woman’s body, changes during pregnancy.
Pregnancy discharge is different from usual
A woman’s body changes rapidly during pregnancy.
The vaginal discharge changes depending on the amount of estrogen, a follicle hormone that is important for the continuation of pregnancy. If you are pregnant for the first time, you may notice an increase in the amount of discharge, a difference in color and odor, and if this is your first pregnancy, you may feel confused by these changes.
Also, since the amount of estrogen produced varies with the pregnancy cycle, the discharge will also change during the early, mid, and late stages of pregnancy. Don’t worry, it is not uncommon to see a change in your discharge in the middle or late stages of pregnancy compared to the early stages.
Let’s start by looking at the differences in the amount of discharge.
Increase in quantity? Decrease?
During pregnancy, the number of discharges increases due to the activation of the follicle hormone estrogen. In most cases, the amount of discharge increases as the last month of pregnancy approaches, more in the middle than in the early stages, and more in the late stages than in the middle. This is due to the fact that estrogen production increases towards the end of the month.
However, the amount of discharge varies from person to person, and some women may feel less discharge than before pregnancy. It also depends on your age and physical condition, so there is no need to worry too seriously about it.
Color of discharge
During pregnancy, the discharge may be milder, creamier, or almost transparent than usual. The color of the discharge changes from early to late pregnancy.
Depending on the color, you may need to see a doctor. If you notice yellow, brown, green, or any other color that is different from the norm, you may be sick. Do not leave it untreated, go see an obstetrician.
Brown discharge is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. This is caused by implantation bleeding, which appears when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. If you notice unusual brown discharge, you may be pregnant, so check it out.
Vaginal Discharge in Pregnancy
In the early stages of pregnancy, from the 5th to the 15th week, some women find that their discharge is the same as usual, while others notice a difference in their discharge, such as it being silky or sticky.
The change in the odor of the discharge also begins in early pregnancy. Since the vaginal lining is usually acidic, it often has a sour smell. However, many people may not notice the smell.
The most common change in vaginal discharge felt during this time is the amount of it. Many pregnant women feel that there is more of it than usual.
Why does the discharge increase in early pregnancy?
The increase in discharge in early pregnancy is due to the increased secretion of estrogen, the follicle hormone. There are two main female hormones secreted by the ovaries: estrogen, the follicle hormone, and progesterone, the progestin.
Of these two, the amount of estrogen produced is related to the amount of discharge. When you become pregnant, your body produces more estrogen to sustain the pregnancy. The more estrogen you produce, the more discharge you will have.
Essentially, when ovulation is over and pregnancy does not happen, estrogen production decreases, and the amount of discharge decreases. It is the function of estrogen to increase the amount of discharge.
If you feel that your discharge is too much even after the ovulation period, you may be in a state of continuous estrogen secretion for pregnancy. It is important to remember that it is possible to be pregnant.
Color of discharge
In the early stages of pregnancy, the discharge may be whitish, creamy, brown, pink, or reddish in color. This change in the color of the discharge often occurs in the very early stages of pregnancy. Some people find out that they are pregnant by the change in the color of their discharge before they use a pregnancy test.
However, there are also a few people who do not see any change in the color of their discharge from their pre-pregnancy discharge. This does not mean that there is no change in the color of the discharge, but rather that it is just an indication.
Once you get pregnant, you may notice it with checking discharge. But you will not notice it if you don’t check it regularly. Therefore, it’s important to see the discharge always to find some sickness as well. Click here for part 2.