The term leucorrhoea in general refers to the condition in which vaginal discharge (whitish mucus) is observed according to a physiological process, which manifests itself in women of all ages, regardless of whether they are fertile or in menopause.
During pregnancy, these vaginal secretions can become more abundant, due to hormonal changes, increased blood flow in the genital area and increased activity of the glands of the cervix.
However, do not be alarmed: as mentioned above, this is a physiological phenomenon that originates from the cervix of the uterus with the aim of cleaning the vaginal area and keeping it lubricated, as well as making the inner wall of the genital apparatus softer. If the secretions are associated with itching, burning or other types of discomfort, then it is certainly advisable to consult your gynecologist to rule out infections or inflammation of the apparatus.
Gestational leucorrhoea accompanies women throughout their nine months of pregnancy, but it is advisable to pay particular attention to it near childbirth. As the end approaches, vaginal discharge changes in consistency, becoming liquid and risking to be confused with the water breaking. In addition, in the last weeks of pregnancy, the mucous plug (a thick, filamentous lump of mucus) may be lost.
Again, do not panic: in the case of water breaking, the amount of leakage is much more abundant. As for the mucous plug, its loss is simply an indicator that the body is preparing for childbirth. In any case, consult your gynecologist if you consider it appropriate.
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