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I am 11 weeks pregnant and my scan is next week. I've experienced a higher amount of discharge than usual, clear/white, since I found out I was pregnant, which I understand is normal. A few times throughout the last few weeks though i've experienced some very slight discharge that is discoloured and looks a little brown. I really don't think it's blood, more like old discharge that's got stuck and a bit discoloured, but I'm still worried about it (sorry if this is a little disgusting!). I don't see any point in trying to see the Doctor when my scan is on Tuesday, but I would appreciate some advice as even if the scan is ok, I'm not sure if I'll have the opportunity to discuss this with anyone at the hospital. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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The Answer

It’s very common – many doctors say normal − to get more vaginal discharge during pregnancy. As long as this is clear/white and doesn’t itch or cause soreness or other symptoms it’s highly unlikely to be anything to worry about.
A small amount of bleeding in the first three months or pregnancy is also common, although ‘proper’ blood always needs checking out. Warning signs in early pregnancy include bright bleeding, passing clots or stomach pains. The good news is that if the scan shows your baby’s heart is beating, that greatly reduces the chances that you will miscarry before 13 weeks, which is the most common time for miscarriage.
If you’re just having an ultrasound scan you may well not see a doctor. If you don’t, it’s worth seeing your GP even if your scan is normal. That’s because she will probably want to do a vaginal swab to check for infection such as thrush, which is also more common in pregnancy.

Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis


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