Adapted excerpt from Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant and have an internet connection, chances are that search engines and forums have already become your best friends. One of the most common yet varied complaints – and cause for lots of googling – is all that pregnancy discharge. First it’s discharge from ovulation and then from conception. Then maybe some spotting and the usual increase in mucus throughout pregnancy. Then later there is amniotic fluid, mucus plugs, and more! There are so many “normal” types of pregnancy discharge that it’s hard to keep track.
Then there’s all the stuff that shouldn’t be there because, yippee, pregnancy makes us more prone to a whole host of lovely infections. Pregnancy increases the chance of getting urinary tract infections (UTIs), bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections, yay. Put it this way, most pregnant women find that regular purchases of panty liners and frequently checking their discharge is “normal” just become part and parcel of pregnancy.
As if pregnancy discharge isn’t enough there’s also the pee to deal with…
Who would have thought that sneezing, coughing, laughing or even just going about your daily activities would be cause for concern in the pee department? Many lucky people never experience any loss of bladder control while pregnant. In case you’re not one of those people, it might be best to stock up on more of the aforementioned panty liners. You literally never know when a little leakage might strike.
Lots of women can vividly recall noticing the first “dribble” and hoping that it was a one-off. But for so many it becomes an all-too-common occurrence and can often worsen as pregnancy continues and the baby grows and shifts. It can even lead to full-on incontinence and puddles on the floor; oh, what we go through.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post from the first book in the series Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Pregnancy.
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