So....theres bound to be LOTS of threads in third tri about discharges n mucus plugs etc
so i thought id set this thread up so people can look at a glance n compare theirs to see if its normal...or if they need to seek medical advice.
theres so many different kinds that it can get confusing as to whats 'normal!'
u can get clear liquid, snotty, sticky, pink, brown ,green ,clear, yellow, white, creamy, water....its endless
ive gathered some info and some pics off the internet.....so hope this thread is of some use to us on the 'home run!' im also trying to keep it on the first page as i think it could be reassuring to some of those who dont know what to expect.
ok...lets get to it!:
Throughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled so that the cervix can open to allow the baby to pass through during labor and birth.
How soon after my mucus plug passes will labor begin?
Passing a mucus plug is a sign that your cervix is dilating and your body is starting to prepare for birth. Labor could be hours, days, or even weeks away as the cervix gradually opens over time.
What does a mucus plug look like?
A mucus plug may be clear, slightly pink or blood tinged in color. It may be stringy mucus or sticky discharge. Some women may not even notice the loss of their mucus plug because there is already an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
God i really wish i hadnt started eating my dinner whilst searching for these pics!!
What is normal vaginal discharge?
Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy called leukorrhea is thin, white, milky and mild smelling. Leukorrhea is normal and nothing for you to worry about.
During pregnancy do not:
* Use tampons (they can introduce new germs into the vagina)
* Douche (this can interrupt the normal balance and lead to a vaginal infection)
* Assume that it is a vaginal infection and treat it yourself
During pregnancy do:
* Use panty liners if it makes you more comfortable
* Notify your doctor at your appointment of any changes
What is abnormal vaginal discharge?
If the vaginal discharge is green or yellowish, strong smelling, accompanied by redness, or itching, you may have a vaginal infection. One of the most common vaginal infections during pregnancy is candidiasis, also known as a yeast infection. Your doctor can easily treat vaginal infections. Other causes of abnormal discharge during pregnancy could also be a sign of an STD.
While most of the time vaginal discharge is completely normal and even beneficial, in some instances it may indicate a problem. You should see your doctor about any vaginal discharge that is heavier or different than expected during pregnancy, since the stakes may be higher than usual -- some vaginal infections (though not all) may be associated with preterm labor or problematic births, and it's important to diagnose and treat them before complications develop. Here are signs that you should call your doctor right away:
•spotting or bleeding
•discharge that looks like cottage cheese (WTF!!???)
•discharge that smells like yeast or bread
•green or yellow discharge
•irritation or itching of the vaginal lips
•pain during urination or sex
Meconium is a common word you will hear during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. It is a completely normal thing but can also be very dangerous.
When babies are developing in utero during pregnancy they ingest amniotic fluid and excrete it everyday which passes out through your own kidneys and urination. Meconium is the first stool a baby passes which is also a build-up of material gained during pregnancy and which must be expelled after birth.
Sometimes babies will pass their first stool, meconium, while they are still in utero. Depending on how severe it is and how close to delivery it happens, it can be dangerous or no problem at all.
Meconium is a greenish-black color and very sticky, tarry in its texture. If a baby passes it after birth there is no danger to it and it just naturally leaves the baby's body in the first few days after birth.
Meconium can pose real danger when it is passes in utero. A baby who becomes stressed for some reason during pregnancy may pass the meconium which then becomes mixed with amniotic fluid and something the baby can get into the lungs if not handled properly.
There is no way to know if meconium has passed until the birth of the baby. When the amniotic sac, or water, breaks, the color of it tells the story. A normal color would be a clear one and one with meconium could be either green or yellow. A yellow color indicates the meconium is very old and has been inside the uterus for an unknown amount of time. A green color means it is more recent and if it has particles to it, poses more of a health risk to the baby.
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