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What's That in My Undies?

By Gwynn Cassidy

Created: 03/25/2009
Last Updated: 12/02/2009

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One of my girlfriends, Stephanie, is pregnant. She had been trying for awhile so I'm especially excited for her. As I do with all my newly-pregnant friends, I told her to call me with any and all questions she might have - everything from which stroller might be best for her, what to do if her skin breaks out, and how to hide - or highlight - her widening waistband.

The questions have started to come in so I'm taking this opportunity to answer her questions in a larger forum (this blog) in the hope that they may be of interest and/or help to any of my pregnant readers.

Her first question: "I always seem to have sticky, yellowy gunk in my underwear. What is it and what can I do about it before I run out of underwear?"

This is just one of the many lovely things that happen during pregnancy. Steph is describing the discharge that can be white or pale-yellow caused by increased hormones and vaginal blood flow. It's very common and nothing to worry about unless it develops a foul odor, becomes greenish-yellow or very thick or watery, itches or burns, all of which may indicate an infection. If any of these occur, talk to your health care professional. To save yourself from having to change your undies multiple times a day, wear a pantyliner.

I'll keep answering Steph's questions as they come but if you have any you would like answered, post a comment below or email me with the subject header "Notes from the Nursery question."


Got gas? One of you asked about pregnancy-related gas and how best to handle it. You can do what I did (blame the dog) or fix the problem! Here's how:


For everyone dealing with the less than fabulous pregnancy side effect, acne, there is hope:


Thank you all so much for these great questions! I've started to answer them :)

Aisha (and everyone else concerned about hair loss during pregnancy), I hope this helps:


I noticed that I have developed some varicose veins, will these go away after my pregnancy?

I am 13 weeks pregnant and have been feeling a little dizzy every now and then esp when I stand up from a seated position. I assume this is related to my pregnancy but should I be concerned?

What is the normal amount of weight gained during pregnancy? If I go over the "normal" numbers would that be harmful in anyway?

I am always tired, is that normal? It certainly isn't fun....

Okay so since you are answering questions, what is safe to take for constipation? Is there any product I should avoid?

I am 12 weeks pregnant and just experienced incontinence, is this going to continue, OMG! Will I have to wear a diaper! LOL!

Thanks for your comments and questions everyone! I'll be answering the questions you've posted and/or emailed early next week :)

Thanks again!

I am 5 weeks pregnant and have nausea every morning, it is so annoying! Is there anything I can do alleviate it? I have tried the cracker thing and that just doesn't work.

Boy, do I remember those days! Hang in there ladies, you haven't seen anything yet ;)

OMG! Can we talk! I had "the farts" at work, it was so embarrassing, so glad I am over that stage!LOL

I barely had any when I was pregnant. Phew! Of course my skin was a disaster for almost a year. Given the choice, I would have preferred this!

original comments yippie!!!!

It is so important that we, as women, share information like this. In today's "polite society" we're too uncomfortable to discuss issues like these. Keeping this type of knowledge and information to yourself only hurts other women. Brava for telling it like it is.

I was plagued with this during my second pregnancy. There wasn't a day I didn't wear panty liners. Relative to the joys of Motherhood, dealing with things like this was well worth it.

Hang in there soon-to-be moms!

i forgot to ask but since you said so, can you tell me why i cannot control my farts? actually i jsut want to know if its not normal and if i can do anything about. also im burping all the time. its really uncool and my dh is getting grossed out! lol lol lol lol

ooooh, no you didnt! you are so awesome. none of my gfs ever talked about these things and now that im pregnant and having all these things happning no one is telling me. i asked my doctor about this exact thing and he was like "dont worry about it" and let me tell you that didnt make me stop worrying about it. its so embarrasing so i dont want to keep asking. you know?

Thanks for sharing that, I have had the same experience.

I am 6 weeks pregnant and a week ago I got acne all over my back. Is that because of a hormonal imbalance? What are the signs I can expect to notice related to hormonal changes?

I am 3 months pregnant and I have noticed that I am losing more hair than usual esp after I wash it and comb it out? Is that related to my pregnancy?


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