The allocation of a certain amount of mucus, both in a pregnant woman and a non-pregnant woman, is considered a normal state of affairs. Slime is initially produced by glands located in the uterus, and envelops the cervix. This mucus is clear, odorless and ungovernable. During the menstrual cycle, it is excreted from the body through the vagina, and the intensity of secretions changes under the influence of hormones. In the first phase and until the middle of the menstrual cycle, the production of mucus by the action of estrogens gradually increases. During this period, mucus has a liquid and viscous consistency - this is necessary, to ensure the normal progress of the sperm in the direction of the egg, and the egg to help get out of the ovary. In the second phase of the menstrual cycle, the nature of the discharge, like the mucus's consistency, changes dramatically. So, mucus loses its transparency, becomes viscous, the amount of its secretion decreases. Responsible for such changes is the hormone progesterone.
As you know, during pregnancy in the female body is a major restructuring. This also affects the hormonal background. In connection with a perceptible hormonal shift, the nature of mucus discharge from the vagina changes. So, during pregnancy (especially in the first trimester), the presence of progesterone in the body of a woman is very high: this hormone is responsible for the preservation and development of the fetus in the initial stages of gestation. And because we can say, that at this time the organism of the pregnant woman is in a state close to the second phase of the menstrual cycle. This explains why mucus at this stage of pregnancy is viscous, opaque, in small amounts.
Against the background of increased hormonal activity, the opposite situation is possible: the amount of vaginal discharge may increase. So, pure or whitish mucous secretions without a smell, which in this case are not irritants, are qualified by doctors as a norm. To eliminate discomfort from abundant discharge to future mothers, it is permissible to use special sanitary napkins. But tampons should not be used to avoid the risk of infection in the birth canal.
If mucous discharge is not accompanied by burning and itching, have a normal consistency for this period and do not cause painful sensations, therefore, pregnancy proceeds normally. But if there are any changes in the nature of mucus secretion, in its structure, there are discomfortable sensations, it is necessary to consult a doctor without delay. The most common reasons for disrupting the natural process of mucus secretion are candidiasis (thrush), bacterial vaginosis, and any other infections. If the body has the presence of one of these diseases, it will immediately affect the mucous secretions. Thrush, for example, is accompanied by white curdled discharge with an acidic odor. In this case, they are often abundant and cause the itch and burning sensation in the perineum in a pregnant woman. Bacterial vaginosis, in turn, is characterized by watery, not irritating discharge with an unpleasant odor. In any case, if the pregnant woman noticed any changes, it makes sense to visit a specialist. With its help, it will be possible to determine the cause, which caused the changes, and, if necessary, decide on the treatment.