What are the Types of Discharge Before Labor?
Here are some types of vaginal discharge women might notice during the third trimester or before delivery:
Clear or milky white discharge
A clear or milky discharge with a subtle smell indicates leukorrhea, which is considered healthy vaginal discharge during the third trimester. An increase in leukorrhea is normal, especially as the pregnancy progresses. However, a sudden change in quantity, appearance, or consistency of vaginal discharge might be a sign of an infection.
White, lumpy (like cottage cheese), and odorless discharge
This type of discharge suggests a yeast infection. Pregnant women are more susceptible to yeast infections as hormonal changes can alter the pH balance of their vagina.
Yellow or green discharge
Yellow or green discharge is often a sign of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea. STD during pregnancy and before labor must be addressed immediately as the infection poses a risk to both the mother and the baby. If the condition is not treated right away, it can lead to complications during and after birth.
Gray, watery discharge that comes with a foul, fishy smelly is typically a symptom of bacterial vaginosis. If a pregnant woman acquires bacterial vaginosis a few months or weeks before labor, her risk of preterm labor and low birth weight increases.
Pregnant women have more sensitive reproductive organs. That is why sexual intercourse or a pelvic exam while pregnant may cause irritation, resulting in brown discharge or light spotting.
Light spotting is usually not alarming, but it might also be a sign of labor if the mucus plug releases itself from the cervix. Thus, it is best to consult the doctor right away to prevent any surprises.