During pregnancy, the length and width of the vagina increases as the total mass of the body. It the tissues are edematous and friable, and the vaginal walls thicken. This is caused by increased formation of new cells in this area. Pregnant woman saves if sexual activity must be very careful, since the tissues are prone to injury and even the slightest friction can lead to the formation of bleeding cracks. In the period of carrying a child, the layers of tissue in the vagina is soaked with transudate and childbirth acquire sufficient elasticity so that the baby could be born without causing significant, life-threatening injuries to the mother.
Many pregnant women suffer from profuse vaginal discharge and this is often a concern. The fact that the body strengthens the processes of transudation, i.e., removing the liquid component of blood from the capillaries, therefore increasing the volume of secretions is considered normal. However, this is the occasion for a thorough hygiene of the external genitalia and monitor the status of vaginal flora. Carbohydrate "glycogen" getting into the multiple layers of epithelium that covers the vagina is the perfect environment for the propagation of lactic acid bacteria. Cases of exacerbation of thrush in pregnant women frequent. The acidic environment in the vagina must be promptly neutralized because the candidiasis infection is rising.
During pregnancy blood volume increases on average by 40%, and in the region of the uterus and genital blood flow increases to 0.5 L. Therefore, pregnant women may experience the condition as varicose veins vaginal veins. Because of venous congestion the mucous membrane of the vagina becomes dark blue. This phenomenon is called cyanosis. Cyanotic color becomes not only the vagina, but the cervix and labia. This is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
The vagina undergoes a greater load during pregnancy and discomfort and mild pain in this area natural. But if these feelings bother you or accompanied by itching, it is cause for seeking medical attention, because it can manifest urogenital infection: a ureaplasmosis, mycoplasmosis, chlamydia, genital herpes and others. The spread of these infectious diseases can cause inflammation of the pelvic organs, including the vulva and vagina, and can cause harm to the child.