Most women experience occasional bouts of a common yeast infection known as vaginal thrush. It causes itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina and surrounding area, sometimes with a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge.
Is it normal to have chunky discharge during pregnancy?
If you experience thick or clumpy discharge, it may be because yeast is present. About 1 in 4 women have vaginal yeast overgrowth during pregnancy. Yeast or a yeast infection won’t hurt the baby, so there’s no need to hit the panic button.
Why does my discharge look like cottage cheese?
A bit of white discharge, especially at the beginning or end of your menstrual cycle, is normal. However, if the discharge is accompanied by itching and has a thick, cottage cheese-like consistency or appearance, it’s not normal and needs treatment. This type of discharge may be a sign of a yeast infection.
When should I be worried about discharge during pregnancy?
The general rule of thumb with pregnancy discharge is that if it smells bad, if it is any other color other than clear or white, or if it causes pain, burning, or itching, there could be a problem and you should call your midwife or doctor.
How do I know if it’s amniotic fluid or discharge?
You can tell whether you’re leaking amniotic fluid and not urine by taking the sniff test: If it doesn’t smell like ammonia, it’s more likely to be amniotic fluid. If it has an ammonia scent, it’s probably urine. If it has a somewhat sweet smell, it’s probably amniotic fluid.
What type of discharge indicates pregnancy?
While many women experience vaginal discharge, it’s not often associated with pregnancy. But most pregnant women will secrete sticky, white, or pale-yellow mucus early on in the first trimester and throughout their pregnancy. Increased hormones and vaginal blood flow cause the discharge.