Hormonal changes in the first trimester are the main cause of signs of pregnancy. Some signs, such as vaginal discharge and no menstruation, are often associated with positive signs of pregnancy. So is it true that both of them can be signs of pregnancy, Mother?
Please note, the changes experienced by the body in early pregnancy are normal and are actually nothing to worry about. But indeed, these changes sometimes make women feel uncomfortable.
“Body changes and several problems that follow often make pregnant women uncomfortable. However, mothers don’t need to worry. This is a common occurrence due to hormonal changes during pregnancy,” said Rusmalia B. Salman in the book 30 Body Changes During Pregnancy.
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Even so, mothers still need to know the causes and impacts of these body changes. What the body experiences is not necessarily a positive sign of pregnancy.
If you experience signs, such as vaginal discharge or no menstruation for 1 month, and you think you are pregnant, you should immediately check with a test pack or go straight to an obstetrician. Don’t delay too long, especially if you are really pregnant.
Vaginal discharge is a sign of pregnancy
Vaginal discharge is often associated with a positive sign of pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) explains that vaginal discharge is a normal thing that women experience.
This vaginal discharge produced by glands in the vagina and cervix carries dead cells and bacteria. This condition keeps the vagina clean and avoids infection.
According to holistic health practitioner, Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D, vaginal discharge will increase during pregnancy. The consistency as well as the amount and shape will vary during pregnancy.
“The typical vaginal discharge, known as leukorrhea, begins to change as early as one to two weeks after conception, even before menstruation is missed,” said Wilson, reported by Healthline.
“During pregnancy, this vaginal discharge is usually more visible and is most severe at the end of pregnancy,” he continued.
Vaginal discharge during pregnancy can be caused by hormonal changes. These hormonal factors cause increased production of vaginal fluids and reduce the acidity of this organ, thus causing vaginal discharge.
Author of the book The Doula Advantage, Rachel Gurevich, RN, said that vaginal discharge during pregnancy is usually milky white or colorless, and has no odor. Vaginal discharge or leukorrhea is normal vaginal discharge.
“This increase (fluid) is usually not visible until the eighth week after certain early signs of pregnancy appear, such as late menstruation,” said Gurevich, reporting from Very Well Family.
“In the first trimester of pregnancy, vaginal discharge will increase in an effort to remove dead cells and bacteria from the uterus and vagina to help prevent infection.”
Whiteness is a sign of danger
The volume of vaginal discharge will gradually increase as the pregnancy progresses. As long as it is colorless and odorless, vaginal discharge is normal and nothing to worry about.
However, on the other hand, abnormal vaginal discharge can also occur during pregnancy. This condition is usually caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, Mother.
The following are the characteristics of abnormal vaginal discharge during early pregnancy, quoted from the American Pregnancy Association (APA) and Cleveland Clinic pages:
The vaginal discharge has a strong or unpleasant odor. Green or yellowish vaginal discharge. In severe conditions, the gray color indicates bacterial vaginosis infection. Redness and swelling appear accompanied by itching in the vaginal area. Pain when urinating. The texture of the vaginal discharge is foamy or looks like cottage cheese, and the consistency is thicker.
Abnormal vaginal discharge requires medical treatment. Vaginal discharge due to infection can cause premature birth, miscarriage, and impaired fetal development.
Vaginal discharge is not always a sign of pregnancy
Vaginal discharge is not always a sign of pregnancy, Mother. Vaginal discharge can be a sign of menstruation or a sign of infection in the intimate organs.
Mothers need to distinguish the texture, color and volume of fluid to determine whether it is a sign of pregnancy. Vaginal discharge from menstruation usually tends to be yellowish in color with a thinner, less sticky texture and not too much volume.
This is different from vaginal discharge that is a sign of pregnancy, which tends to be clear or milky white in color, has a thick texture and looks slippery, and has more volume.
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Signs of pregnancy: no period for 1 month
Not menstruating for 1 month is also often considered a positive sign of pregnancy. In fact, someone who is pregnant will not experience menstruation.
After implantation, your body begins to produce the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is responsible for maintaining pregnancy. The appearance of hCG is like a signal for the ovaries to stop releasing mature eggs every month, Mother.
Most likely, women will miss their period about 4 weeks after conception. If you experience irregular menstruation, you should immediately check with a test pack to confirm pregnancy.
“Most home self-tests can detect hCG as soon as 7 days after a missed period. Pregnancy tests detect hCG levels in urine and can show whether someone is pregnant or not,” said Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist, Stacy A. Henigsman, DO.
Not menstruating is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy
Late menstruation is not always a sign of pregnancy, Mother. Because, every woman’s menstrual cycle is not the same.
A healthy menstrual cycle generally ranges from 21 to 35 days. The length of the cycle may vary, unless you have irregular cycles due to a medical condition.
As reported by Flo Health, if you get a negative pregnancy test result after missing your period, or your period is more than a week late, you should see a doctor to find out the cause.
Meanwhile, if the pregnancy test result is negative and you still haven’t had your period, but you are starting to experience early pregnancy symptoms, consider doing another test. Sometimes, a pregnancy test using a home test pack can give a false negative result if it is done too hard to detect the hCG hormone in the urine.
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