What is pregnancy discharge or leukorrhea? Leukorrhea is the medical term for the thin, whitish and mild-smelling (sometimes odorless) vaginal discharge that many women first experience in early pregnancy. The amount will most likely increase as pregnancy progresses.
This odour causes a lot of discomfort and it reduces self confidence in women.It can as well lead to depression amongst many women. Some become insecure to get intimate with their partners. This is an ideal deal breaker.
There are some common causes which we will look at :
Hormones: Your body is going through massive hormonal changes now that you’re pregnant and that triggers all sorts of physical changes, including increased secretions from your vagina, which often cause a strong odour . You may also just be more sensitive to smell anyway, thanks to the extraordinary amounts of estrogen in your growing body.
Diet: Pregnant women are also more likely to experience changes in vaginal odour due to diet. Spicy foods, fish, coffee, garlic, onion, broccoli, and dairy products could be the cause of your unpleasant smell.
Dehydration: If you have a strong ammonia smell, you are dehydrated. Remember you need more fluids, as your body is working for two .
Yeast infection: You’re more at risk for yeast infections when you’re pregnant.This is because of increased sugars in the body which then encourages yeast infection.
Bacterial infection: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in pregnant women and is caused by an imbalance of bacteria living in your vagina. With BV, a fishy vaginal odour is most apparent after sex.
Viruses or Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Viruses, like herpes simplex and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, could also be the cause of your unpleasant aroma.
Some of the remedies to this problem include;
Reduce your chances of getting BV by practicing safe sex, not smoking, and not douching . If you notice a fishy odor, seek care from your healthcare provider immediately. Having BV increases your risk of experiencing preterm labor.
Eat well. Only cook and eat those foods you can stand to smell. Also avoid Spicy foods, fish, coffee, garlic, onion, broccoli, and dairy products because these could lead to a smelly vagina heightened by the pregnancy.
Allow fresh air in the house to avoid stuffy room.Leave your windows open whenever possible to banish cooking or musty odours.
Keep clean. Always take a bath ,brush your teeth and most importantly clean your vagina with cold water. Wear dry undergarments.
Baby your nose. Only smell the things that don't irritate you. Use your favorite food and fruits.
Ditch deodorants. Most deodorant have a strong smell which most pregnant women find irritating on the skin and even smell. If so just stop using the product.
Microwave it. Eat warm meals as cold meals are unsafe could contain bacteria that could affect the body's natural smell.
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