Posted by Nicole on 11th September 2011

How To Prevent Smelly Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Smelly Vaginal Discharge In Pregnant Women

Increased vaginal discharges are common during pregnancy. But having a smelly discharge with itchy sensation in the genital area during pregnancy is not normal at all. Smelly vaginal discharges may mean vaginal infections. Vaginal infections may be due to viral or bacterial or yeast growth. Having abnormal vaginal discharges may not directly affect the developing baby but it can acquire these infections as it passes through the vaginal canal during birth. Here are some characteristics of vaginal discharge and their possible causes:

  • Scanty, smelly, yellowish-to-greenish vaginal discharge.
    This kind of smelly discharge may mean that the pregnant woman has a sexually transmitted disease. STDs causing this kind of discharge are chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
  • White to yellowish discharge with yeast or bread-like smell vaginal discharge. Usually this is caused by a yeast infection, called candidiasis caused by Candida albicans. During pregnancy, abnormal hormone levels make the vaginal area susceptible to yeast growth. A mother with untreated yeast infection can transmit it to her baby, causing her baby to have an oral thrush. Applying probiotics, such as plain yogurt, in the vaginal area can help reduce the number of this fungus.
  • Fish-like smell vaginal discharge. This kind of vaginal discharge is a symptom of bacteria vaginosis. In this condition, there are more harmful bacteria found in the vagina instead of those beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics can be used to treat this condition.
  • Watery with a sweet-smelling vaginal discharge. This is a medical emergency when a pregnant woman experiences this weeks before she is due. The sweet-smelling discharge may be the amniotic fluid of the baby which provides nutrition. When amniotic sac breaks before the baby is due, this may mean danger to the baby.

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  • Proper hygiene.
    Make sure to observe proper hygiene especially during pregnancy. Wash the genital area with mild feminine wash and change underwear often. Wearing panty liners can help, but never use tampons.
  • Wear clean, cotton under wears. Cotton cloths can help in air circulation in the vaginal area.
  • Do not use scented feminine washes, scented tissue papers, and scented panty liners. These can intervene in the growth of beneficial bacteria and result to growth of harmful bacteria and yeast, instead.
  • Never wear nylons. Nylons and tight fitting pants cannot allow air to circulate. Wear breathable clothes like those made of cotton.
  • Wipe from the back instead of from the front. This is to prevent bacteria and other microbes from entering the vaginal canal.
  • Have safe sex. Avoid having a sexual intercourse with a partner who has an STD.

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