Font Size
A
A
A

Pregnancy: Vaginal Discharge and Leaking Fluid


Topic Overview

Abnormal vaginal discharge

Changing hormone levels during pregnancy can affect the normal balance of organisms in the vagina. If you are pregnant and have abnormal vaginal symptoms, such as vaginal discharge or itching, talk with your doctor about your symptoms before using home treatment measures or nonprescription medicines.

Abnormal vaginal discharge may look like a symptom of a vaginal yeast infection. You can also have abnormal vaginal discharge with problems such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). BV or an STD can affect your pregnancy, so be sure to talk with your doctor and get treatment. Note: If you have symptoms of a pelvic infection or think you may have an STD, do not have sexual intercourse until you see your doctor. This will reduce the chance of spreading a possible infection to your partner. Your partner may also need treatment.

Fluid leaking from the vagina

Fluid leaking from the vagina may be a sign that labor is starting. When your bag of waters (amniotic sac) breaks, amniotic fluid will leak from your vagina. Call your doctor if you have fluid leaking from your vagina.

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Last RevisedJune 26, 2010

eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

To learn more visit Healthwise.org

© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.






Medical Dictionary