# What Is Early Pregnancy Discharge Like?
Early pregnancy discharge can be alarming—and confusing. On one hand, it’s normal to experience some vaginal discharge while pregnant. On the other hand, it’s important to know what kind of discharge is considered normal and what could be a sign of something more serious.
## What Kinds of Discharge Are Normal?
When you become pregnant, your body increases its production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones responsible for many changes in the body, including an increase in vaginal discharge. It’s important to note, however, that every person’s communication of normal pregnant discharge will look different. Some common characteristics of normal pregnancy discharge include:
– Clear or white in color
– Thin and elastic consistency
– May have a somewhat milky appearance
## When Should You Worry about the Discharge?
Though normal pregnancy discharge presents no problems or risks to you or your baby, it’s important to be aware of the signs of infection. You should call your doctor or midwife if you notice:
– Any color or odor changes
– Green or yellow colors
– Any foul odor
– Unusually heavy flow
## What Causes Abnormal Discharge During Pregnancy?
In some cases, abnormal discharge is caused by preterm labor, an infection, or a hormone imbalance. If you experience more than the normal pregnancy secretion, your doctor will suggest testing to determine the cause and whether or not treatment is necessary. Some of the most common causes of abnormal discharge during pregnancy include:
– Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
– Yeast infections
– Sexually transmitted infections
– Cervical polyps
## How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Baby?
The best way to reduce your risk of infection is to ensure that your body is healthy. While pregnant, you should follow some simple guidelines to keep your body and your baby safe from infection:
– Avoid having sex.
– Wear loose-fitting clothes and cotton underwear.
– Don’t douche or use scented soaps or lotions.
– Wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom.
– Change wet bathing suits or exercise clothing immediately.
You can take steps to protect yourself and your baby from infection when it comes to your vaginal discharge. If you’re worried about what’s normal or have any of the symptoms associated with abnormal discharge, contact your healthcare provider.
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