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Is white discharge normal if I'm pregnant?

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Besides bleeding, a woman may notice a white, milky discharge from their vagina. That's related to the thickening of the vagina's walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the discharge.

This discharge, which can continue throughout pregnancy, is typically harmless and doesn't require treatment. However, if you have a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning and itching sensation, tell your doctor so they can check on whether you have a yeast or bacterial infection.

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 19, 2020

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