Yellow vaginal discharge is often a symptom of an infection. If left untreated, this infection can affect pregnancy.

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  1. What Is Normal Discharge During Pregnancy?
  2. Symptoms Of Yellow Vaginal Discharge
  3. Summary

It is common to have an increase in vaginal discharge, called leucorrhoea, during pregnancy. Normal vaginal discharge is usually odorless or has a slight odor and is often thin and clear-looking. It may turn white or yellow after coming in contact with air.

The amount of discharge may increase throughout pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. However, this may vary from woman to woman. Yellow discharge during pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of infection, especially if it has a foul smell or itches. If the infection is not treated, the pregnancy may be at risk of miscarriage. If you notice yellow discharge it is important to see your healthcare provider to check for infection or other problems.

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Bacterial Vaginosis
Yeast Infection

1. Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) results from too much of a particular type of bacteria in the vagina. It most commonly affects people who are sexually active, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of this include -

  • Yellow Vaginal Discharge
  • Vaginal Discomfort
  • Itching In And Around The Vagina
  • Unpleasant Odor From The Vagina, Especially After Sex
  • Burning Sensation While Urinating

According to the CDC, if you're pregnant and have bacterial vaginosis, you have a higher risk than other pregnant women for:

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2. Yeast Infection
Vaginal yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis, is a fungal infection. Pregnancy can disrupt the pH balance of the vagina, making yeast infections common during pregnancy. Its symptoms include -

  • Thick, Odorless White Or Yellow Cheese-like Discharge
  • Itching In And Around The Vagina
  • Burning Sensation While Urinating Or During Sex
  • Swelling And Redness Of The Vulva

Candidiasis during pregnancy can increase pregnancy complications in the following ways, such as:

  • Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • Preterm Labor
  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Congenital Cutaneous Candidiasis, A Rare Condition Characterized By A Skin Rash

3. Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be treated with antibiotics. Most people have symptoms of chlamydia but people do not know it. Its common symptoms include -

  • Abnormal Vaginal Discharge, Often Yellow, With A Strong Odor
  • Discomfort While Urinating
  • Frequent Need To Urinate
  • Discomfort During Sex
  • Pain In The Lower Abdomen

Chlamydial infection can affect pregnancy in the following ways –

  • Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • Preterm Labor
  • Low Birth Weight

4. Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is a common STI that is treated with antibiotics.Symptoms of gonorrhea include -

  • Increased Vaginal Discharge, Often Yellow
  • Discomfort While Urinating
  • Discomfort During Sex
  • Abdominal Discomfort

According to the CDC, untreated gonococcal infection during pregnancy has been linked to the following complications:

  • Abortion
  • Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Premature Birth
  • Low Birth Weight

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5. Trichomoniasis
Infection with the protozoan parasite causes the common STI trichomoniasis. According to the CDC, only about 30 percent of the estimated 3.7 million people with trichomoniasis in the United States experience symptoms, including:

  • Excessive Yellow Vaginal Discharge
  • Discomfort While Urinating
  • Discomfort During Sex
  • Redness Of Genitals
  • Pain And Itching In Genitals

If you have trichomoniasis you may have the following complications:

  • Premature Birth
  • Low Birth Weight Baby

6. Amniotic Fluid Leakage
Amniotic fluid is a clear and slightly yellowish fluid that surrounds the fetus in the amniotic sac. The membranes, or tissue, keep the fluid in the sac and usually do not rupture until you are in labor or within 24 hours of labor starting. If you notice yellow fluid that either leaks out or continues to drip, this may be a sign that the membrane has ruptured. Its symptoms include:

  • Continuous Flow Of Fluid
  • Thin And Watery Discharge
  • No Odor Or Mild Sweet Odor

The main difference between urine and amniotic fluid is that urine will have a stronger odor. If you see watery fluid and it's not clear whether it could be urine or amniotic fluid, put it on a pad. If it is urine, you will notice more of a urine smell on the pad over time. No matter what month of your pregnancy you are in, if you suspect that amniotic fluid is leaking, contact your doctor immediately. Leaking amniotic fluid increases the risk of infection and requires immediate care to protect you and your baby. If amniotic fluid is leaking before 37 weeks, it is considered premature rupture of membranes and can be more serious.

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When you are pregnant, your vaginal discharge may vary in quantity, texture, and color. While some changes are normal, others may indicate a problem, such as infection. If your discharge is yellow, see your doctor. Especially if it has a strong, unpleasant odor. If it is an infection, your doctor will start treating you immediately, not only for your health but for the health and safety of your baby. If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor about safe options for treating your yeast infection. You should avoid certain antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan) while pregnant.

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