Discharge is normal and is there to keep you healthy. It prevents infection, lubricates and has a role in conception too. It can vary in colour from clear to white and can go from thin and watery to thick and gooey. It should have a bit of a smell but should not smell bad. While our bodies change gradually all through life, about 7 months after childbirth your body should have returned pretty much to normal.
The usual things I look for in abnormal discharge is a green or grey colour or a thick, lumpy discharge which may suggest thrush. Certainly, a change in a woman’s normal discharge is enough to make me send off a vaginal swab to rule out a problem, particularly after childbirth. In terms of your pap smear, remember that it is simply a screening test for pre-cancerous changes in your cervix so it won’t necessarily pick up an infection.