Your vaginal secretes a thin milky-white discharge called leukorrhea during pregnancy and it is similar to the discharge you could experience between periods but it’s more intense. Leukorrhea contains sloughed-off dead cells and tissue and the amount of discharge you get increases as your pregnancy progresses.
Higher amounts of the pregnancy hormone estrogen cause more blood to flow to your pelvic area when you’re pregnant and the increased blood flow stimulates the mucous membranes of the body, resulting in more secretion.
However, if you notice an increase in discharge, there is no need to panic because leukorrhea helps maintain good bacteria in the delivery canal and protects you and your baby from infection by clearing away dead cells in the vaginal area.
Why do you have watery discharge during pregnancy?
1 Your body is adjusting to the changes brought on by pregnancy
Leukorrhea is your body’s way of eliminating dead cells from the birth canal allowing germs and diseases to be avoided. It essentially protects you and your baby while also assisting in your overall health.
2 Your water broke
Clear fluid isn’t usually a sign of leukorrhea. It’s also possible that it’s amniotic fluid. However, amniotic fluid differs from leukorrhea in appearance. Instead of being yellowish and mucus-like inconsistency, it’s watery and straw-colored like pale urine and once it starts, it usually continues to seep out.
Watery discharge is a frequent pregnancy symptom that should be treated with caution. So just pay attention to what you’re used to and keep an eye out for any changes.
If you notice excessive discharge and you fear it is your water breaking, contact your doctor immediately because you could be going into labor, and if you are not close to your due date, you could be leaking amniotic fluids. Also, let your doctor know if your discharge changes in appearance or smell.