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When you’re pregnant, there’s plenty to talk about. You’ll want to get the scoop from other parents about how they got their bubs to sleep, you’ll have to discuss decorating the baby’s room, and you’ll likely pepper your doc with more questions than an interrogating detective.
But we also know that there may be things you don’t want to discuss because some of the side effects of pregnancy are, frankly, a little embarrassing. While you may want to keep those unpleasant bodily functions behind closed mouths, we urge you to bring up any concerns with your doc.
Here are five that you may be experiencing:
Normally, the pelvic floor is made up of tight muscles that keep everything in your pelvis in place. But when the hormone relaxin increases during pregnancy to loosen everything up (so the baby can eventually slide out), the pelvic floor becomes less taut, meaning you’re more likely to leak urine or allow bacteria to flow in. Antibiotics that are safe for pregnancy can treat these infections, and drinking 100 percent cranberry juice can help.
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If your vagina smells like ammonia (and you have a milky discharge and some irritation), you may have bacterial vaginosis, which is an infection caused by an overgrowth of flora in the vagina.
There is some link to bacterial vaginosis and premature labor, so it’s important to get treatment if you suspect you have an infection. During the first trimester, all you can use is topical treatments. Docs usually wait until later trimesters to give oral medication a try. And all throughout pregnancy, with or without this condition, we recommend a probiotic capsule twice a day. Try Digestive Advantage, Sustenex or Culturelle.