According to WebMD, during the first trimester of pregnancy, it is normal to experience discharge with an egg-white color containing a mild smell. This discharge is called leukorrhea. The body is responding to hormonal changes as a result of the pregnancy.
WebMD states that a tampon should not be used to absorb the discharge. This could cause germs to enter the vagina. Douching is not recommended to resolve the discharge issue either. This may interrupt the pH levels in the vagina. A panty liner is a safe option to achieve comfort while experiencing increased discharge, notes WebMD. The American Pregnancy Association advises women to inform their physician at the next visit if they notice anything different.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, if the discharge contains a foul odor, is yellow or greenish in color or if there is redness or itchiness, a vaginal infection may be present and a doctor should be called immediately. This type of discharge is deemed abnormal. A common infection is a yeast infection and can be treated rather easily. Another possible cause for abnormal discharge is a sexually transmitted disease. The American Pregnancy Association recommends calling a doctor whenever a change occurs with normal pregnancy discharge.