Leucorrhoea during pregnancy
Leucorrhoea (fluor albus) is a vaginal secretion in women. Leucorrhoea can be considered as a normal case when it appears at a certain time (physiological) but it is also considered as an abnormal (pathological) vaginal discharge. Physiological leucorrhoea usually occurs every month before the menstrual period and after menstruation (during the fertile period), while pathological vaginal discharge occurs outside the menstrual period and it is caused by fungal infections, viruses, bacteria or parasites. This case is usually accompanied by itching in the vaginal area.
All women experience vaginal discharge. Leucorrhoea is normal as long as it looks clean, or looks yellowish if it dries. Maybe it is accompanied by white spots, runny and filamentous. Any changes to normal vaginal discharge can be caused by several things such as menstruation, emotional pressure, lack of nutrition, pregnancy, the use of drugs including using the birth control pills.
During pregnancy, the cervix and vaginal walls become softer than usual, this also causes more vaginal mucus production. Production of more mucus than usual is also affected by high levels of the hormone estrogen in the body. Besides, it can be affected by the occurrence of increased blood flow to the cervical area that occurs during pregnancy. For mothers who feel vaginal discharge experienced more than usual, there is no need to panic and worry. As long as the vaginal discharge is clear or milky white and only slightly smelling, there is no vaginal discharge.
However, pregnant women must be aware of vaginal discharge if it changes in color such as Leucorrhoea in yellow, green, or gray, even with blood spots. These are all can be a sign of pregnancy disorders or symptoms of infection. In addition to discoloration, abnormal vaginal discharge can have a strong odor and it is accompanied by itching or swelling in the vaginal area. Further, Leucorrhoea in pregnant women can cause premature rupture of the membranes.
It’s good for mothers to know the difference between physiological and pathological vaginal discharge.
Here are several features of the Physiological leucorrhoea:
- The liquid is clear, not sticky and runny
- Does not emit a pungent odor
- Not accompanied by itching
While below are the characteristics of Pathological vaginal discharge:
- Thick yellow liquid, brownish, greenish, or mixed with blood
- Smells stinging until it smells bad
- Accompanied by itching, pain or heat when urinating
Even though it seems a natural thing, it turns out vaginal discharge quite a lot to disturb some pregnant women who experience it. If not treated properly, vaginal discharge will bring disease and have a negative impact on the fetus in the womb. Moist Miss V because of vaginal discharge will be easier to carry bacteria. The following are ways you can do to overcome vaginal discharge;
- Always carry extra underwear
If you are traveling or having activities, try to always bring extra underwear because vaginal discharge makes your panties quickly wet. Wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight underwear are also recommended.
- Clean the miss v area correctly and precisely
After removing the water, try to wash from the front to the back (vagina – anus), not vice versa to avoid any contamination of bacteria in the anus to move to the vagina.
- Keep miss v clean and dry
After bathing, exercising, and urinating, always dry miss v using a special towel or tissue so that it will not be moist. Do not rub the miss v area. Mother only needs to pat the area wet slowly.
- Avoid perfumed panty liners
- Set a healthy lifestyle
Consuming healthy foods and drinking enough water can help mothers reduce vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Not only that, don’t forget to exercise regularly so that the mother’s health is maintained.
- If you are infected, avoid sexual intercourse until the treatment period is complete. Avoid scratching when itching and avoid using any soap to clean the vagina
Whereas by paying attention to the liquid that comes out, sometimes the cause of vaginal discharge can be known.
- Infection of gonorrhea, for example, produces a thick, festering and greenish yellow liquid.
- Leucorrhoea accompanied by a foul odor can be caused by cancer.
- Leucorrhoea caused by the fungus Candida albicans, this type of leucorrhoea has white characteristics such as milk, thick liquid, odor and very itchy, sometimes it can cause inflammation in the vagina so that it looks reddish.
- Leucorrhoea caused by the bacteria Vaginosis or Gardnerella, this type of leucorrhoea has the characteristics of gray, not too thick, bubbling liquid, emit a fishy smell, and irritating itching.
- Leucorrhoea caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis, this type of leucorrhoea has the characteristics of greenish or yellow, foaming liquid and fishy smell, does not bring itching, but when pressed, the vagina will feel sore. This vaginal discharge can be transmitted through unhealthy sex, unhealthy bathroom equipment or toilet.
- Viral leucorrhoea, this type of vaginal discharge can be caused by a virus, HIV, Herpes or Condyloma. Leucorrhoea caused by this type can lead to uterine cancer, in vaginal discharge herpes is usually accompanied by signs of herpes such as blistering wounds, whereas in condyloma vaginal discharge is accompanied by condyloma signs of warts that grow in the vagina or uterus. Herpes or condyloma sometimes cannot be detected early, because generally, the signs are not easily visible, because it appears in the vagina.
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In this type, Leucorrhoea comes out a little and smells, foamy and itchy. This infection makes you feel sick during intercourse and urinate. This infection results in premature birth and infection of the uterus after childbirth. During the treatment, don’t forget to check and treat your partner.
If one of the signs and symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge appears, you should immediately check yourself to get the right treatment.
Leucorrhoea Preventing Food
The following foods are believed to be beneficial for women with vaginal discharge. It is better to consume regularly so leucorrhoea will be reluctant to come back.
One of the useful fruits for removing vaginal discharge is banana. Women who experience vaginal discharge are recommended to consume 2 bananas every day. In addition, bananas can also be a substitution for sugar, since women with vaginal discharge are not recommended to consume sugar.
- Green Vegetables
There is no doubt about the benefits of green vegetables for health. For women, green vegetables are very well consumed to prevent vaginal discharge. Moreover, this also can eliminate fungi that further cause vaginal discharge. Green vegetables can also ward off free radicals naturally for the body. You can eat the type of vegetables you like, such as cabbage, spinach, and others.
Milk is well known for it nutritious subtances. It is beneficial to reduce vaginal discharge and help keep it normal. Milk can also give a lot of energy especially when the vaginal discharge comes.
Yogurt not only has benefits for treating the good skin and healthy face but also can eliminate the vaginal discharge. The natural content found in yogurt is able to remove fungi in the body, including in Miss V. As a result, it makes Miss V clean and free of leucorrhoea.
- Betel Leaves
Betel leaves have many benefits for femininity. Besides being able to reduce body odor, betel leaf is also efficacious in treating vaginal discharge. You can boil some betel leaves and drink them. Moreover, try to drink boiled water betel leaf every day to get the maximum results.