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I am 18 weeks pregnant and lately, I've been seeing white secretions, is it normal?
Oct 9, 2014

Dr. Zakia Dimassi Pediatrics
During pregnancy, your body is subject to many changes. One of the first changes you may experience is in your vaginal discharge. In order to discern normal from abnormal vaginal discharge, here are a few useful clues:
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy is thin, white, milky and has a mild odor. It is known as leukorrhea. Leukorrhea is normal and nothing for you to worry about.

If the vaginal discharge is green or yellowish, foul smelling, and/or accompanied by redness or itching, you may have a vaginal infection. One of the most common vaginal infections during pregnancy is candidiasis, a yeast infection, and this is not sexually transmitted. This is easily treated. Another possible cause of abnormal discharge is an STD (sexually transmitted disease). Notify your obstetrician immediately if you are concerned about abnormal vaginal discharge.

A few tips to avoid contracting vaginal infections during pregnancy:
Do not use tampons: they can easily introduce new germs into the vagina
Do not douche: this can disturb the normal acidity balance in the vaginal area and lead to a vaginal infection
Do not assume that if you have secretions then it's an infection and treat it yourself
Use panty liners if it makes you more comfortable.