People talk a lot about the way a woman’s body changes during pregnancy. There’s the baby bump, the varicose veins, the silky, shiny hair, the zits. But strangely, there’s not much discussion of how the very thing that got you into this mess changes. That’s right, we’re talking about your vagina. Read on to find out what’s in store for your lady parts during pregnancy.
A Blue Hue
You may be used to seeing pink down there, but increased blood flow could turn your lady parts blue or even purple. The color shift happens as early as 6 weeks.
Your vagina becomes more acidic during pregnancy, which can make it smell different, and taste metallic or salty. Researchers note that the odd flavor usually disappears after orgasm (one wonders about their research methods).
Increased blood flow, hormones, and an enlarged uterus can sometimes lead to varicose veins. It only affects about 10 percent of pregnant women, and the risk increases with the number of pregnancies. The good news is that they usually disappear within 6 weeks after delivery.
A Full Feeling
The extra blood flow can make your vagina feel like an inflated balloon. Don’t worry—it won’t actually look that way. For some women, the extra blood supply increases sensation, making for extra-steamy sex.
Surprisingly, there isn’t much in the medical literature to explain why pregnancy can sometimes cause your vagina to involuntarily expel gas that sounds like a fart when released. But if it happens, don’t be alarmed.
Pregnancy hormones can cause an overgrowth of naturally occurring vaginal bacteria or fungus resulting in bacterial vaginosis (BV) or yeast infections. Both are common during pregnancy and offer up either grayish-white (BV) or yellowish-white (yeast infection) discharge, and both itch like crazy. If this happens, go to a doctor—they’re both highly treatable.
Egg White Discharge
During pregnancy, your vagina may expel a lot of clear, slippery mucus. That’s perfectly normal. It tends to be thick and sticky in early pregnancy and thin and watery toward the end.