Mums-to-be will experience many changes throughout their pregnancy as their bodies adapt to the developing baby and gear up for birth.
As such, it’s very common to notice changes in the vaginal area – many of which can be uncomfortable to cope with.
Many expecting mums will develop itching and/or swelling at some point during their pregnancy and this will usually clear up of its own accord.
However, if your symptoms persist, are accompanied by abnormal vaginal discharge or skin problems in the surrounding area – it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
Our doctors can discuss your symptoms, examine the affected area and if necessary, recommend a course of treatment that’s safe for both you and your baby.
It’s normal for pregnant women to see an increase in vaginal discharge, which can in turn cause irritation in the surrounding area.
Irritation can also be caused by cleaning products like soap, or could be a sign of an infection – such as a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.
It’s usually possible to treat vaginal irritation with over-the-counter products, but you should always consult with a doctor before using anything to ensure it’s both safe and appropriate.
If you’re experiencing itching, swelling or irritation during the course of your pregnancy, don’t delay – speak to a doctor today.
Our GPs can talk through your symptoms, determine the nature of the irritation and get you the treatment you need to start feeling better.