Yellow Discharge While Pregnant: Is it Normal?

During pregnancy, most women usually have more vaginal discharge. The discharge is actually helpful to keep the vagina clean. Normal vaginal discharge is usually milky in color, with a mild or musk-like odor. When pregnancy is approaching the labor stage, the amount of vaginal discharge normally increases. Some women get worried on noticing yellow discharge during pregnancy.

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Is it normal to have yellow discharge during pregnancy?

During the first and second trimester of pregnancy, it is uncommon for women to experience a yellow discharge. However, during the third trimester, it is considered normal to see odorless, light yellow discharge. Also, it becomes normal for yellow discharges to increase as pregnancy approaches the due date.

However, if the discharge ranges from dark yellow to yellow-brown with associated strong fishy smell, you will have to see your doctor.

Some reasons for yellow discharge during pregnancy

Yellow discharge can be disturbing during pregnancy. Some possible causes include:

  1. High level of estrogen

Estrogen is a hormone that occurs naturally and is produced in a woman’s ovary, adrenal glands and fat cells. Estrogen promotes the healthy development and maintenance of dominantly female bodily features. High estrogen level can cause yellow discharge. Things that can increase estrogen levels include excess body fat, hormonal imbalance, a low-fiber diet, and stress.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

These sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, can cause lots of discomforts and may harm your baby. These STDs may cause severe itching, painful urination, foul odor, swollen vulva, light yellow discharge that may turn darker in appearance, and pain in the lower abdomen. So early detection, diagnosis, and treatment is vital. Pregnant women with STDs should receive prompt medical attention immediately in order to avoid premature rupture of the baby’s protective membranes.

  1. Yeast Infection

A yeast infection is caused candica albicans. Symptoms may include a usually white thick discharge, foul smell, vaginal itch, redness and a swollen vulva. The vaginal discharge may also vary from pale yellow to very dark yellow. Yeast infections mostly occur during the second trimester. Early treatment is essential. Doctor may prescribe topical medication to treat the infection.

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  1. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

When the healthy balance of beneficial bacteria existing in the vaginal flora is disturbed, it leads to bacterial vaginosis. Habits that may cause bacterial vaginosis includes douching, multiple sexual partners, and others. Symptoms include yellow-green discharge with a thick consistency and a foul odor. It’s usually treated with antibiotics and topical creams.

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How to Prevent Yellow Discharge During Pregnancy

  • Keep your genital area clean and dry
  • Avoid douching
  • Wear loose fitting clothes especially undergarments.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes yogurt.
  • Practice stress relief exercises like meditation or doctor approved exercise.
  • Monitor your sugar consumption.


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