Hemorrhoids, Discharge, Constipation + More: Help For All The Gross Stuff That Happens During Pregnancy

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By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:18PM

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Help For All the Gross Stuff That Happens During Pregnancy

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a By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 27, 2010 at 3:21PM

Farting. Discharge. Varicose veins -- down there? Sorry, mama-to-be. This nasty stuff is all par for the pregnancy course! And most of these are so embarrassing that your best girlfriends may not have filled you in on the nitty gritty details, including what to do if you experience them. That’s where we come in.

Vaginal Discharge
One of the best parts of pregnancy? No period! But don’t pack away your panty liners just yet. “It’s very common to have a white, almost milky, discharge throughout the entire pregnancy,” says Rebecca Kolp, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. The discharge -- officially known as leukorrhea -- typically increases as your pregnancy progresses, so if you’ve got it, (sorry!) it will probably get worse. Wear a light pad or panty liner to avoid soaking through, but remember to avoid tampons, which aren’t safe to use while you’re pregnant. Discharge that’s green, yellow or smelly -- or is accompanied by itching -- could mean you have an infection, so talk to your doctor.

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