As your pregnancy progresses, you simply cannot wait for your little bundle of joy to come into the world. However, certain health issues can ruin your happiness. Morning sickness, nausea, and back pain are common during pregnancy, and so is vaginal swelling. Vaginal swelling is a condition that can make you extremely uncomfortable. In this article, we talk about vaginal swelling during pregnancy, its causes, symptoms, and different ways of treating it.
The swelling that occurs in the vaginal area including the vulva and vaginal lips (labia) is termed as vaginal swelling. It also affects pregnant women. Let’s look at some of its causes.
Here are some reasons why vaginal swelling can occur during pregnancy:
During pregnancy, blood flow around the pelvic region increases to support the growing fetus. The increase in blood flow may cause swelling of the vagina.
Vaginal swelling could also be a result of improper hygiene. If you’re negligent about your vagina, it may become the breeding ground for microbes and result in swelling and inflammation.
Your body undergoes various changes during pregnancy, and changing hormones are one of them. These hormones affect the flora of the vagina and lead to various kinds of bacterial and viral growth, and in turn, swelling.
Use of certain products may also result in vaginal swelling. These products may trigger an allergic reaction in your vaginal region, leading to inflammation and redness.
Sometimes, a lack of lubrication during sexual intercourse or prolonged sexual intercourse can cause vaginal swelling.
Cysts in the vaginal region can cause vaginal swelling, too. Sometimes, these cysts may also be cancerous.
Sometimes, the inflammation of the vaginal arteries and ducts can cause oedema. Oedema may lead to accumulation of fluid causing swelling in the vagina.
This may come as a surprise but it is true. Your eating habits can affect the health of your vagina. If you eat too much junk food or make unhealthy food choices, it can lead to vaginal infections and swelling.
Vaginal swelling can also occur due to bacterial vaginosis (BV). If this is the case, it should resolve on its own. Your doctor may recommend antibiotics to speed up the healing process.
When there is an overgrowth of the candida fungal bacteria in the vaginal area, it can lead to vaginal swelling. Symptoms include burning, redness, pain during sex and urination, irritated skin and thick vaginal discharge.
The signs of vaginal swelling during pregnancy are:
Vaginal swelling doesn’t harm the baby in the womb. However, if you have vaginal swelling due to a GBS infection that is Group B strep, then it may spread to your baby, too. In case you are tested positive for GBS, your doctor will administer a course of antibiotics to cure your infection. But if your baby catches this infection, then your baby may experience extreme lethargy and difficulty in feeding after birth.
Here are some effective ways to treat vaginal or labial swelling during pregnancy:
You may feel all itchy and uncomfortable but refrain from scratching any blisters or oozy lesions in your vaginal region. Scratching can spread the infection and cause more complications.
It’s important to maintain hygiene to avoid vaginal infections from aggravating. However, don’t scrub your vagina, it has its own self-cleaning mechanism in place!
We suggest that you seek medical help as soon as you notice the symptoms of vaginal swelling. Don’t self-medicate; it may cause complications to your pregnancy. After a thorough physical examination, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
You can also try home remedies to cure itchy and swollen vaginal lips during pregnancy:
Drinking water helps to reduce the burning sensation. That’s because the more you visit the loo, the more bacteria get expelled from your body.
You can use cold packs to ease vaginal swelling and inflammation. Alternatively, you can take a bath with cold water.
The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar can provide relief from vaginal swelling. You can put some ACV in a bathtub and soak yourself in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
You should go to the doctor if:
Here are some tips to prevent vaginal swelling during pregnancy:
Vaginal swelling can be very painful and uncomfortable during pregnancy. However, with proper care and timely medical intervention, your condition can not only be managed but also avoided.
This post was last modified on February 14, 2022 5:23 pm
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