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Week 13: Going With the Flow: Vaginal Discharge
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Week 13: Going With the Flow: Vaginal Discharge

This is something I found interesting that should reassure all those out there that are getting large amounts of vaginal discharge...  It is from     WhatToExpect.com     in an email update.

Feeling better yet? Now that you're just a week away from the second trimester, you should be feeling pretty good soon (after all, the second trimester doesn't get its reputation for being the easiest and most comfortable of the three trimesters for nothing). But if you're not feeling better yet, don't worry. While most early pregnancy symptoms will probably soon be behind you, some women find that nausea and fatigue linger into the fourth and even fifth months. And unfortunately, for some women, those and other usual first trimester suspects (such as bloating, constipation, headaches, and breast tenderness) can continue to some extent throughout pregnancy.

Of course, even though the second trimester is known as the trimester of smooth sailing, it doesn't mean you'll be symptom-free in the near future. Far from it. Something else you might have noticed recently is an increase in your vaginal discharge. Known in medicalese as leukorrhea (try getting that right in a spelling bee), this perfectly normal discharge is thin, milky, mild-smelling (sometimes even odorless), and can be expected to increase as your pregnancy progresses. Leukorrhea is caused by the stepped-up production of estrogen (your other pregnancy hormone pal) as well as the increased blood flow to the pelvic area. Its purpose is noble: to protect the birth canal from infection and maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina. Unfortunately, in achieving its noble purpose, leukorrhea can make a mess of your underwear.

If it'll make you more comfortable, you can use a panty-liner (never a tampon) to absorb the discharge. But don't take it any further than that. Never ****** while you're expecting. Actually, it's really never a good idea to ******; douching can upset the normal balance of microorganisms in the vagina and can lead to vaginal infections. Douching can also force air into the vagina during pregnancy, which can be dangerous.
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