Everyone knows about morning sickness being a sign that you could be pregnant and the most well-known and obvious indicator of pregnancy is a missed menstrual cycle, right? Did you also know that vaginal discharge could likely be a sign of early pregnancy? If not, then read on for the details.

The vaginal discharge that you might see in your underwear or when you wipe yourself after urinating could range in color from milky white to pinkish-brown. It is caused by the increase in your estrogen levels and more blood flow to your vagina. It could look like you are spotting especially if you see it around the time your normal menstrual cycle would begin. The pinkish brown color is a little bit of blood that could be left over from your previous menstrual cycle and is nothing to become alarmed about.

Not every woman experiences this type of vaginal discharge either, so not seeing the discharge does not mean that you aren't pregnant! You could very well be pregnant and not have this particular sign of early pregnancy. The surest way to determine whether you are pregnant is to see your doctor for a test.

Different Types of Discharge:

White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle. Sometimes early in pregnancy you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you have spotting at the time of your normal period rather than your usual amount of flow, and you have had sex without using birth control, you should check a pregnancy test.

Here are three top tips which you can implement right away.

1. Avoid Overwashing

The first thing most of us do when we have smelly vaginal discharge is to wash repeatedly in the hope of getting rid of the smell. This is, in fact, one of the worst things you can do as it depletes the vagina of its natural lubricants which normally keep things healthy. This causes an outbreak of bacterial growth so the rules are, only wash twice a day (no matter how tempting to wash more often!) and do not use perfumed products. Also, never douche.

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2. Use Your Sanitary Protection Well

Always change your protection regularly as even when the flow is light, stale blood can have a surprisingly pungent odor. Also, remember to take out the last tampon of your period.

3. Choosing Underwear and Your Secret Anti-Odor Kit

Wearing synthetic fabrics can trap in warmth and moisture, creating the perfect conditions for bacterial growth which, in turn, causes smelly vaginal discharge. Wearing cotton panties can allow the area to "breathe". You must also avoid tight trousers and pantyhose. When I had a problem with smelly vaginal odor, I never left the house without my "kit". I used to keep a ziplock bag in my purse with some moist babywipes, a fresh pair of panties and some thin pant liners. If the discharge was very bad, I would quickly freshen up and pop on a pad which would absorb the odor. If needed, I could also change my panties.

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