The causes of discharge during pregnancy
Towards the end of your pregnancy, your baby's head presses more and more on your cervix. This pressure can also cause vaginal discharge to increase.
In the last few weeks before birth, you might notice that your discharge also contains mucus and sometimes small specks of blood. This happens when your mucus plug (a ball of thick mucus that fills and protects your cervix during pregnancy) becomes dislodged.
When you notice this, let your healthcare professional know. Although losing your mucus plug is not a true sign of labor starting, it's usually an early signal that you may be getting close to giving birth.
If you notice bleeding from your vagina at any stage in your pregnancy, it's important to let your doctor or maternity care provider know. Any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy needs to be checked. Excessive bleeding can be a sign of a serious complication.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.