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A cascade of changes happens in the body during pregnancy. Be it weight gain, change in the complexion of the skin, excessive hair growth, or those ugly skin tags and stretch marks. Your vagina isn’t an exception. With passing days the vagina changes its appearance and prepares itself for childbirth.

In the first trimester, there might not be many noticeable changes in the vagina. But, as you enter the second trimester, the appearance starts changing. It might appear significantly dark and in most cases, it could be blue or purple. This is attributed to the marked increase in the level of estrogen and increased blood flow to the uterus, which supports the growth of the baby.

All of the above factors could also lead to varicose veins appearing in the vagina, which obviously isn’t appealing! They affect about 10% of the pregnant women. They, however, disappear at around 6 weeks after the childbirth.

You might also see an increase in the vaginal discharge, especially during the first trimester. The discharge is usually clear and without a foul smell. This is the body’s way of preventing infections since the immunity levels are low during pregnancy. It is important to know that if the discharge is white or yellowish, has an odor, and causes itching, it is a sign of an infection, which needs to be treated.

The increased blood flow could also make you feel that the vagina is inflated. It is just a feeling and your vagina doesn’t, however, look that way. Some times, you might also feel that you passed gas through your vagina. Though rare, this happens in some women and is perfectly normal.

 The good news is that any changes your vagina goes through prevail only during pregnancy and tend to get back to normal (not completely in the case of a color change) 6 weeks after the delivery. Embrace these changes, however unappealing they are. As they all indicate that your baby is growing and is on the way to make you an awesome mother!

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