As a woman enters puberty stage changes in the body occurs. Menstruation is one of the most common changes a woman goes through and regularly experience until she reaches her menopausal stage. Menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining. It is also one of the signs that a woman is now capable of pregnancy.
As she goes through pregnancy, still more changes will occur and signs are being done by the system to forewarn you of a coming baby. From emotional which includes mood swings; hormonal which includes secretion of different hormones preparing the body for the coming baby; and lastly physical as the child develops and grow, the uterus expands and other systems adjusts to accommodate two lives – the mother’s and the child’s.
Blood volume also rises by about fifty percent; most of it goes to the uterus. Vaginal tissues become engorged with blood leaving some women feeling a bit swollen and tender. The engorgement of the vagina and labia during pregnancy mimics what happens when you get aroused during sex.
During the first trimester vaginal signs of pregnancy include vaginal discharge. A thin sticky, clear white, mild-smelling discharge is usually normal. For more comfort it is helpful to wear panty liner or thin sanitary pad to protect your underwear.
Yeast infection in pregnant women is very common. Hormonal imbalance creates a good environment for yeast in the vagina. It multiplies as lacto bacilli diminishes. Causes of yeast infections are, wearing tight or damp clothing, wearing garments with dye, other medications can alter the vaginal environment. Yeast infections on pregnant women can be cured but not prevented. Intense itching around the vaginal area, pain while urinating as well as having sex, soreness and general discomfort around the vaginal area and finally, discharge that resembles cottage cheese are symptoms of yeast infections.
It is important to go to the doctor if infections have been frequently occurring. Certain medications can be taken. It also helps to relax to avoid sickness, as drug intake is very limited during the whole gestation period especially on the first few weeks as the baby starts to develop its organs. They are at high risk of being lost since they are not yet properly positioned in the uterus.
Healthy pregnancy starts way back before pregnancy period. If planning to become pregnant, it’s good to avoid MSG on your food, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake and drugs as it affects your system and hormonal balance.