Being pregnant is an exciting time of life. But often in early pregnancy when we just aren’t sure what’s going on yet, we wonder if everything is a sign. If we crave a new food, that makes us think we are pregnant. We wonder if a new vaginal odor is a sign of pregnancy. It’s a time of questions and even stress.
So let’s talk about what signs of pregnancy aren’t talked about as often. More specifically, let’s talk about vaginal odor as a sign of pregnancy. It stands to reason that a change in smell down there would make you think you’re pregnant. But is that really the case? Let’s talk about it.
What Are Signs Of Early Pregnancy?
There are common signs to look for like a missed period, extreme fatigue, or very tender breasts. Those are all signs most women know about especially if they’re trying to get pregnant. You may also experience moodiness and increased urination.
Early pregnancy can also bring nausea and vomiting a long with it. Usually referred to as “morning sickness” it can strike at any time of day. Don’t be surprised if it’s 7pm and you’re suddenly struck with a bout of nausea.
These are all clinical signs of early pregnancy. They’re common ones your doctor will ask you about if you make an appointment to discuss a possible pregnancy. Be ready to answer questions about your last period and any other symptoms listed here.
My Vaginal Odor Has Really Changed, Is That A Sign?
The answer here is a “yes and no” sort of answer. Pregnancy can give some women a stronger sense of smell. Everything around them smells stronger and some women can’t even bear the smell of perfume or certain foods while pregnant.
It’s this sense of smell and certain changes like small amounts of spotting that may make you think your vaginal odor has changed. It’s more likely that you’re just more sensitive to the way your vagina normally smells than that your vaginal odor has actually changed.
Remember that your vaginal odor is normal and doesn’t need to be changed to a floral scent by using wipes or washes. It’s just a part of who you are. Don’t feel embarrassed. This is all part of the process of growing a human and that is an amazing thing.
Is It Okay To Ask My Doctor About Changes Like Vaginal Odor?
Absolutely. They may tell you the same thing you’ve already read about here but you should always ask your doctor any questions you have about your health. This is no exception. Never take what you read online as the better advice. Your doctor is always going to have the best info.
They can reassure you that you aren’t doing anything wrong. They can also reassure you that your body is doing exactly what it should be doing. Having some reassurance in early pregnancy can really make your stress levels decrease.
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Vaginal odor is a normal part of life and a normal part of pregnancy. It’s not a huge sign of early pregnancy but being more aware of it could be a sign that something has changed. If you think that means you’re pregnant it wouldn’t hurt to take a test.
Remember to write down all the questions you have so you can talk with your doctor about them. Pregnancy tends to make you forget things sometimes so take that list with you and talk about everything you want to know about. You’re going to be an awesome pregnant queen!
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.