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Jelly Like Discharge During Pregnancy – What Does It Indicate?

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During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes both on the inside as well as on the outside. The body starts to adapt itself to the new life that is growing inside the womb. Some of the changes and discomforts might be new to the pregnant woman, whereas some of the changes experienced by the mother to be can be an exaggeration of certain issues she may have already experienced. Vaginal discharge is a normal thing for healthy women all through their reproductive years. But once she becomes pregnant, she will experience changes in texture, evenness, amount and odor of the vaginal discharge. Even though vaginal discharge is common during pregnancy, once the discharge has changed to a jellylike consistency, most of the pregnant women tend to get worried about it. Continue reading to know all about jelly like discharge during pregnancy and what does it indicate.
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  • What Leads To Jelly Like Discharge During Pregnancy?
  • Should You Worry About Jelly Like Discharge During Pregnancy?
  • Jelly Like Discharge Towards The End Of Pregnancy
  • When Does A Vaginal Discharge Signify An Infection?
  • How To Prevent Your Chances Of A Vaginal Infection

What Leads To Jelly Like Discharge During Pregnancy?

Jelly like discharge during pregnancy is generally due to the following factors:

  1. The increased level of estrogen
  2. The increased blood flow in the pelvic area

Because of these factors, the mucus gland in the cervix starts to work more intensely than they normally do, triggering additional mucus. All the extra mucus produced, obviously, starts being discharged through the vagina. It turns to a consistency that is jelly like because along with the mucus, dead vaginal and cervical cells as well as the natural flora found in the vagina are also combined in the discharge.

Should You Worry About Jelly Like Discharge During Pregnancy?

As long as there is clear thick jelly like discharge during pregnancy, usually, there is nothing to worry. However, there are a few other factors, if found along with the jellylike discharge, may indicate a medical condition that needs immediate attention of the doctor. Some of these factors include:

  • If the discharge has a grayish or greenish color instead of a white or off white color
  • If the discharge has an uneven or curdled milk like or cottage cheese like appearance rather than being flowy or thick
  • The vaginal discharge has a foul smell to it. When all is well and normal, the vaginal discharge will not have any smell
  • A burning sensation, irritation, or itchiness, mainly while urinating
  • If you notice swelling in the vagina or its surrounding area with or without pain

Consulting your doctor is highly recommended if you have any of these symptoms as above mentioned factors could be an indication of vaginal infection.

Jelly Like Discharge Towards The End Of Pregnancy

The vaginal discharge can all of the sudden turn to a jelly like appearance once you get into the latter half of the third trimester or near the end of your pregnancy term. This sudden change could most likely be the result of the discharge of the mucus plug from the vagina.
The mucus plug is the protective barrier that closes the mouth of the uterus once the pregnancy starts. The mucus plug helps to keep the unborn baby protected from coming into contact with any germs or other infections that could otherwise extent to the uterus.
As the body starts to get ready for the natural process of childbirth, mucus plug becomes loose and is passed through the vagina in the form of jelly like discharge. It usually comes out through your vagina after you have crossed the 36th week of your pregnancy.

  • Normally the mucus plug will be white or off white in color and jelly like consistency
  • If it comes out all at once, it may look like a big blob which will have a reddish tinge. This can be an indication of nearing labor and hence it is better to let your doctor know about it
  • If the discharge turns out to be greenish yellow, immediate medical attention is needed, as it can be the sign of the presence of meconium, the baby’s first poo

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When Does A Vaginal Discharge Signify An Infection?

Certain types of vaginal discharge may indicate that you have a vaginal infection. Here are some of the common types of vaginal infections.

  • Yeast Infections: Yeast infections are generally caused by a fungus that is present in the vagina. The fungus may multiply and cause imbalance in the area. Due to an increase in the hormones, you become more prone to yeast infections during pregnancy. When you are pregnant, there is a greater concentration of sugar in your vaginal fluid, thus leading to yeast infections as yeast thrives on sugar
  • Bacterial Vaginosis: Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused due to an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria present in your vagina. This infection may have some of the common symptoms like itching, irritation, burning sensation while urinating and a smelly vaginal discharge. It increases the risk of premature labor or babies who are too small at the time of birth in pregnant woman. If you have experienced a premature delivery or low birth weight baby in your previous pregnancy, make sure you let your doctor test you for BV
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: If your doctor does not suspect a yeast infection, then he may test you for sexually transmitted disease which is acquired if you are sexually active and have had sexual intercourse with more than one partner or if you doubt that your partner is sexually involved with multiple partners. STDs can lead to premature labor or uterine infections after delivery

How To Prevent Your Chances Of A Vaginal Infection

Here are some of the ways through which you can prevent vaginal infections during pregnancy:

  • Do not indulge in sexual activities with multiple partners when you are pregnant
  • Don’t douche your vaginal area
  • Wear only loose cotton undergarments that will help air to circulate properly
  • Thoroughly dry your vaginal area after washing to prevent bacteria from breeding
  • After using the toilet, make sure you always wipe from front to back with a toilet paper
  • Avoid using deodorant or scents in your vaginal area
  • Avoid bubble baths as they can irritate the vagina and cause infections

Once you get pregnant, it is imperative to notice even the smallest changes in your day to day health and condition and discuss it with your doctor.
Did any of you encounter this situation while you were pregnant? Do share in the comments section below as to how you dealt with it.

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