Early Pregnancy Discharge, What Does It Feel And Look Like, Causes, Meaning

Early pregnancy discharge may not be the same in all women due to difference in hormones or health status. However, when you get pregnant the color of your discharge will look different and even increase in volume. This is because during pregnancy, the level of hormone estrogen increases and so does the amount of cervical mucus and discharge released. The hormone progesterone which is also known as pregnancy hormone improves blood supply, swelling of the uterus, enlargement and proliferation of its glands.

A thick mucus plug forms on the cervical opening in order to protect the internal organs and the growing fetus from external pathogens that may enter the uterus through the cervix. This mucus plug is expelled when the cervix thins out and it causes the increase in early pregnancy discharge.

What kind of discharge is normal during early pregnancy
What kind of discharge is normal during early pregnancy

What does early pregnancy discharge look like and feel like? This discharge is white, creamy or has an egg like consistency because of cervical mucus from the mucus plug. This mucus feels like the mucus that comes out of your nose when you have a cold or when you cry. It is odorless. Sometimes this discharge is stained with traces of blood.

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The amount of early pregnancy discharge can increase so much that it makes you wet and forces you to wear a panty liner or a thin pad. Do not use tampons to absorb the excess discharge because tampons may introduce bacteria inside your cervix and affect the very sensitive embryo that is developing in the uterus.

Vaginal discharge missed period that indicate early pregnancy

A missed period is always the most common pregnancy alarm especially if you miss your periods by a week and you have been engaging in unprotected sex. However, missed period is not always a sure sign that you are pregnant.

There are other factors like use of birth control pills that can interfere with your menstrual cycle and make you miss your period. The best way to confirm if you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test.

Early pregnancy discharge that indicates pregnancy when you miss your period is thick and milky white in color. It is one of the typical early pregnancy symptoms. This discharge is usually more than the usual volume of vaginal discharge.

This is because of hormonal changes that takes place in the body. If you notice this this thick milky discharge after a missed period then you are likely pregnant, especially if you are experiencing other symptoms like, nausea and fatigue.

Some women may also not experience this kind of discharge even after they miss their period. That is not a guarantee that they are not pregnant. It is important take a pregnancy test whenever you miss your period and you have been having unprotected sexual intercourse.

What kind of discharge is normal during early pregnancy before missed period

Early pregnancy discharge before missed period is usually clear or colorless, watery and has got no bad smell. The clear color is because of increased mucus caused by change in hormonal levels. When you conceive, the hormone estrogen levels rise and increase the amount of your vaginal discharge order to block off any pathogens that may get into your cervix.

It also cleanses the vagina and maintains its pH hence maintaining the number of good bacteria in the vagina and keep off bad bacteria.

Brown early pregnancy discharge is normal if it is not associated with any foul smell, fever or cramps. There are several factors that can cause brown discharge during early pregnancy;

  1. Implantation bleeding occurs when fertilized egg is being implanted in the uterine lining.
  2. Irritation at or around the vagina or cervix. During early pregnancy, sudden increase in the hormonal concentration and blood flow makes cervical skin sensitive and easily irritable
    clear watery early pregnancy discharge is common
    clear watery early pregnancy discharge is common
  3. Vaginal or cervical infection
  4. Growth of a harmless cervical polyp on the cervix
  5. Growth of fibroids in the uterus lining
  6. Ectopic Pregnancy

If you get any early pregnancy discharge before missed period that is not clear or white in color then you need to be worried. Early pregnancy discharge that is green, dark yellow or grey in color is abnormal and is an indication of an infection.

Especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms like bad smell, itchy feeling in the vagina or a burning sensation while passing urine. See more here yellow discharge before period, clear discharge before period, white discharge before period

According to Mayo Clinic,” Abnormal vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Since these can spread to involve the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and can be passed on to sexual partners, detection and treatment of STIs is important.”

Ensure you visit your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment before the infection affects your developing baby.

Infections that cause vaginal discharge

The following are the most common infections or sexually transmitted diseases that cause abnormal discharge;

1. Yeast Infection

Yeast infection is caused by fungi known as Candida albicans. If you treat it in good time it cannot affect your developing baby. It can be treated using over the counter drugs but it is advisable to get a prescription from our doctor. The following are the symptoms of a yeast infection.

  1. Fouls smelling discharge
  2. Thick ,dark yellow or white discharge
  3. Itching in the vagina
  4. Redness on the affected are
  5. Swollen vulva

2. Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection that is caused by a weak immune system and poor hygiene in the vaginal area that gives bacteria a ground to breed on.

Poor hygiene allows the number of bad bacteria to outnumber good bacteria in the vagina and cause an infection in the vagina. This infection can be treated by antibiotics. Here are the symptoms to watch out for;

  1. Grey, yellow or green discharge
  2. Fishy order from the vagina that gets worse after sexual intercourse
  3. No soreness
  4. No irritation

3. Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection acquired when you have unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person. The following are symptoms of chlamydia;

  1. Yellowish discharge with mucus or pus that has a foul smell
  2. Pain during in sexual intercourse
  3. Infertility
  4. Inflammation of the labia
  5. Pelvic Inflammation
  6. Eye infection like conjunctivitis
  7. Fever
  8. Pain during intercourse
  9. Frequent urges to urinate (much more than usual),
  10. burning sensation or pain during urination,
  11. Abdominal and/or low back pain,
  12. Nausea

4. Trichomoniasis

Trichonomias is sexually transmitted disease that is common among young women who are sexually active and engage in unprotected sex. About 20% of women develop trichomoniasis during their reproductive years. The following are the most common symptoms of trichomoniasis;

  1. White, grey, yellow or green frothy discharge
  2. Swollen vulva
  3. Discomfort in the abdomen
  4. Pain while urinating
  5. Itchy brown vaginal discharge with a fishy smell

5. Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is sexually transmitted disease that is transmitted through the engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse which also includes oral sex, anal sex or kissing an infected person. It has gone the following symptoms;

  1. Green ,yellow or whitish discharge
  2. Pimples in the mouth
  3. Pain during sexual intercourse
  4. Sore throat
  5. Fever
  6. Inflammation in the vulva
  7. Burning sensation while urinating
  8. Pelvic pain
  9. Frequent urination

Early pregnancy discharge with cramping

Your early pregnancy discharge can be brown or tainted with blood spots if you get pregnant during ovulation before period. You will also have cramps accompanying this slight spotting or blood stained early pregnancy discharge.

The traces of blood and cramping are caused by implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs about 6 to 10 days after conception. The foetus burrows itself in the uterine wall.

According to NHS.UK , “In early pregnancy, you might get some light bleeding, called “spotting”, which is when the foetus plants itself into the wall of your womb. This is also known as implantation bleeding and often occurs around the time that your first period after conception would have been due.

Cramping can also be caused by the ligaments that stretch in order to expand the uterus.

The blood in your early pregnancy discharge should be very mild, just enough to taint your discharge. If you experience heavy bleeding and severe cramping then you need to visit your doctor. You may be at risk of a miscarriage.

 

Early pregnancy discharge smell

Early pregnancy discharge usually has a very mild smell or no smell at all. The mild smell is influenced by the kind of food you eat or the amount of water you consume. You should consume enough water in order for your discharge and urine to have a normal smell.

Whenever you pass urine and your urine is concentrated then you should know that you are not having enough water.

According to Mayo clinic “The adequate intake for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverage a day

However, if your early pregnancy discharges has a very strong odor that smells like rotten meat or fish then you need visit your doctor for checkup. Bad smelling discharge is associated with most sexually transmitted diseases and infections that have been in the sub topic above

First sign of pregnancy first week

You can notice pregnancy symptoms as early as a week after conception. If you have been having unprotected sex and you have missed your period then the following symptoms can indicate that you are likely pregnant;

1. Tender Breasts

During early pregnancy the level of estrogen and progesterone rises making your breast to enlarge because they are retaining more fluids. Your breast will feel unusually tender, sore and heavy.  You need to buy new bras hat will accommodate your increasing breast size.

2. Implantation bleeding

After conception, the fertilized egg will move to the uterus and burrow into the uterine lining. This process of a blastocyst burrowing into the uterine lining is called implantation. It causes a spotting that appears as mild bloody early pregnancy discharge.

This happens about 6 to 10 days after the egg has been fertilized in the fallopian tube. The blood is usually so little that it should just discolor your clear or white discharge.

3. Fatigue

Pregnancy causes several changes in your body. Your body works round the clock in order to adjust and accommodate these changes. You will experience unusual fatigue. You will feel tired all the time and would want to always rest or sleep.

Progesterone levels rise and increase basal body temperature which saps your body in return. The uterus also needs more blood and supply. This makes your heart to pump faster than usual. You should have a well-balanced diet, hydrate your body and be well rested.

4. Nausea

The pregnancy hormone known as progesterone will slow down your metabolism process. You will have indigestion and even constipate especially if you are dehydrated as well. When food stays in your stomach for long due to indigestion, it tends to move up your gullet and make you feel like throwing up.

This is the reason pregnant women always feel nauseated. Another pregnancy hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is also responsible for nausea. Drinking a glass of hot ginger and lemon juice can help relieve you from nausea. Ensure you visit your doctor if you experience severe vomiting.

5. Mood swings

Women get very emotional during pregnancy. You can find yourself crying over anything that upsets you, even a non-issue.

Your moods can switch from happy to sad and extremely angry within seconds. You feel like being mad at everyone and everything. Anything that does not go your way throws you off balance. Do not worry about it.

Mood swings are a normal feeling during pregnancy; you need no medication for this for you have no control over them. Your mood will become more stable with time. And will get better with time.

6. Headache

The raging pregnancy hormones like progesterone can cause headache. Your headaches may even get worse if you are dehydrated or you do not have enough blood in your body. However, headaches are not frequent as pregnancy keeps growing because hormones get stable with time and stable hormones eliminate headaches. Ensure you are on a healthy diet and hydrated your body often.

How long does early pregnancy discharge last?

Pregnancy discharge will last during the entire pregnancy. It changes color as weeks pass by depending on which stage of pregnancy you are in. During implantation bleeding, early pregnancy will be brown in color because of blood stain and this should last for at least two days only. Then the discharge will change into color white or light yellow as the pregnancy grows.

Have any Bleeding or blood spotting in early pregnancy checked by a doctor
Have any Bleeding or blood spotting in early pregnancy checked by a doctor

Home remedies for Pregnancy Discharge

As your pregnancy progresses into the first and second trimester, the color of your discharge will change from clear to white to light yellow. This type of discharge is known as leukorrhea.

It consists of the secretion from the cervix and vagina and the old cells from the vaginal walls along with some bacteria found on vaginal walls. It is very normal for a pregnant woman to experience it, so long as it has no pungent smell.

However, this discharge increases in volume and can be a nuisance. It will be wetting your panties and force you to wear panty liners or pads. The following home remedies can be useful in regulating the amount of this discharge and even fight off bacteria that may cause infection.

1. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are natural boosters of the immune system. They also balance the help improve the pH level in the vagina and also maintains estrogen levels.

What you will need

  1. Fenugreek seeds
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

What to do

  1. Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight
  2. Eat the soaked seeds in the morning in an empty stomach
  3. Alternatively
  4. Add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to half a liter of water
  5. Boil the seeds for 5 minutes
  6. Sieve the juice to separate the seeds
  7. Add honey to sweeten the juice
  8. Drink the juice on an empty stomach in the morning.
  9. You may also use the water from boiled fenugreek seeds to wash your vagina once a day.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar will restore the natural pH balance of the vagina. The acidic environment is good for the existence of good bacteria. It also fights the bad smell that comes from the infected discharge odor.

What you need

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Clean water

What to do

  1. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water
  2. Use mixture to wash your vagina twice a day for 3 days
  3. You may also mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with drinking water and consume it once a day.

3. Fig

Fig is capable of getting rid of harmful toxins and waste from the body that can interfere with normal bodily functions.

Requirements

  1. Fig
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

Procedure

  1. Soak two to three fig barks in water overnight
  2. In the morning grind the figs and them to water and drink on an empty stomach. You can add honey to sweeten.
  3. You can also grin the fig barks together with bark of Bayan tree into fine powder and mix water
  4. Use the mixture to wash your vagina once a day.

4. Cranberry

Cranberries have anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant agents that help in fighting microorganisms that cause yellow discharge during pregnancy.

What you need

  1. 1 liters of water
  2. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. Sieve

How to prepare it

  1. Add 4 cups of cranberries to a liter of water
  2. Boil the cranberries in the water
  3. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the cranberries pop
  4. Sieve the juice using a fine strainer
  5. Let it cool or chill it in the refrigerator
  6. Drink the unsweetened cranberry juice daily for a week

5. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C that helps in boosting your immune system to be able to fight free radicles that cause infection in the body.

Requirements

  1. Indian Gooseberry
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

What to do

  1. Boil a tablespoon full of dried Indian gooseberry roots in one cup of water for 5 minutes
  2. Sieve the juice to separate the roots
  3. Add honey to sweeten the juice
  4. Drink the juice on an empty stomach in the morning every day for a week.
  5. You may also use Indian gooseberry powder by mixing it with honey to form a thick paste and then licking it or adding it in water and drinking.

6. Okra/Lady’s Finger

Okra is capable of removing mucous from your system and reduces the amount of vaginal discharge during pregnancy.

Requirement

  1. Okra
  2. A sharp Knife
  3. Clean water
  4. Sieve
  5. Honey

How to prepare the Okra

  1. Wash 100g okras and chop them into small pieces using a sharp knife.
  2. Place these small pieces of okra in a boiling pot and boil them in two cups of water for 20 minutes.
  3. Sieve the solution
  4. Add some honey to a third of the solution and drink daily for 3 days

7. Neem

Neem has got antiseptic properties that fight off vaginal infection; it also eliminates the bad odor that comes with the yellow vaginal discharge.

What to obtain

  1. Neem
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve

What to do

  1. Boil a handful of neem leaves in two cup of water
  2. Strain and allow it to cool
  3. Use it to rinse your vagina once a day for 2 weeks

8. Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice has go medicinal properties that are capable of treating yellow discharge also known as leucorrhea

Ensure you have

  1. Pomegranate seeds
  2. Clean water
  3. Pestle & mortar
  4. Sieve

Methods of preparing the juice

  1. Pound half a cup of pomegranate seeds using a pestle and a mortar
  2. You may also use a blender to grind the seeds
  3. Add water to the crushed seed and their juice
  4. Sieve off the seeds
  5. Drink two cups of this juice everyday

9. Saffron

Saffron boosts your immune system and helps you fight off free radicles that cause infection in your vagina. It has got antiseptic and antioxidant properties.

Requirements

  1. Saffron
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

What to do

  1. Add two teaspoons full of saffron to a quarter cup of water and boil it till the water reduces.
  2. Mix a third of this solution with a glass of water
  3. Drink it early in the morning on an empty stomach once a day for a week.

10. Banana

Bananas are able to relieve you from problems caused by vaginal infections like indigestion or fatigue. It contains vitamin A and vitamin C.

What you need

  1. Ripe bananas

What to do

  1. Eat two ripe bananas daily

When to see a doctor

Keep a close watch for heavy colored discharge. This may be brown, white, green, yellow or even dark red vaginal discharge or spotting. Any discharge that is accompanied by strong abdominal pains should also be checked by your doctor especially for those who have had an implantation or related surgeries before. If you are not sure if the discharge s normal, see a doctor for diagnosis and medical advice.

References;

  1. https://www.babycenter.com/0_vag inal-discharge-during-pregnancy_270.bc
  2. http://www.babymed.com/pregnancy-symptoms/vaginal-discharge-early-sign-and-symptom-pregnancy-0
  3. http://www.madeformums.com/getting-pregnant/39-early-signs-and-pregnancy-symptoms/15592.html
  4. http://www.pregnancy-baby-care.com/articles/691/during-pregnancy/yellow-discharge-during-pregnancy-first-trimester.html#continued
  5. https://baby-pedia.com/clear-watery-discharge/

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