Why does a pregnant women gain so much weight?

Weight Distribution in the Average Woman

  • 7 ½ lbs is about how much the baby will weigh by the end of your
  • pregnancy.
  • 1 ½ lbs is how much the placenta weighs.
  • 4 lbs is attributed to increased fluid volume. 2 lbs is the weight of the uterus.
  • 2 lbs is the weight of the breast tissue.
  • 4 lbs is because of increased blood volume.
  • 7 lbs is attributed to maternal stores of fat, protein, and other nutrients.
  • 2 lbs for amniotic fluid.
  • Total: 30 lbs

I am pregnant, how much weight should I gain?

  • For women who were normal weight before pregnancy (BMI of 18.5-24.9) the recommended weight gain guideline is 25-35 pounds.
  • Women who are underweight (BMI of less than 18.5) should gain between 28-40 pounds
  • Women who begin pregnancy overweight (BMI of 30 or more) should strive for a weight gain of 11-20 pounds
  • Eating healthy meals will allow you to gain adequate amount of weight during your pregnancy. Putting on weight that is unnecessary is easy to do when you’re eating junk food. Eating a well-rounded diet is important.

How do I know if I have a vaginal infection?

If you have a discharge that smells different for you or if the area around your vulva or vagina is itchy, red, or sore, you should make an appointment with your health care provider and get treated.

Not all vaginal odors are caused by an infection. Poor hygiene (not washing your vulva/vagina regularly with warm water and soap) can cause an unpleasant smell. Wearing tight fitting clothing or underwear made of nylon that doesn’t breathe can cause sweat and bacteria to get trapped which can also cause an unpleasant odor.

How do I know my vagina is healthy?

Every female has a natural vaginal scent that can change throughout her menstrual cycle. Every healthy vagina makes discharge. Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear, white, or light yellow and sometimes sticky. Your vagina and vulva area are usually healthy if you do NOT have an odor that is different for you or fishy smelling and you do not have itching, redness, or burning. It is important to know that some vaginal infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause no symptoms.

Vaginal and Vulvar Hygiene Tips

  • Wash all new underwear before you wear it (and for regular washing)with a small amount of mild unscented detergent. Rinse laundry well or use the extra rinse cycle on your washing machine to remove all of the detergent.
  • Wear underwear with a cotton crotch. Avoid wearing thong style underwear as they can irritate your vulva.
  • NEVER douche or use feminine deodorant sprays, bubble bath, wipes, bath oils, or other perfumed products on your vulva or in your vagina as they can cause irritation, allergic reactions, or remove the natural fluid that keeps your vagina clean. These products are NOT necessary and may be harmful.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing.

How can I keep my vulva and vagina clean?

  • When showering or bathing, wash your vulva with warm water and mild or unscented soap. Make sure the water isn’t too hot and remember to rinse off all the soap.
  • Separate your labia and let the warm soapy water clean all around the clitoral hood and between your labia. This will rinse off any secretions that get stuck in between skin folds.
  • Rinse completely and pat dry your vulva with a soft dry towel.
  • While on your period, change your tampon/pad often.The vagina cleanses itself naturally. The cells in the vagina keep it at a normal pH so you should NEVER douche or use any sprays in your vagina
  • Use mild soap and warm water to clean around the opening to your vagina. Do NOT place soap into your vagina.

What exactly is the vulva?

The vulva includes the female structures located on the outside of a female’s body, but near the opening of the vagina (see diagram below).

  • Mons pubis or “mons” (the mound of tissue above the pubic bone that is usually covered with pubic hair)
  • Clitoris (located above the vagina and typically feels good when it is touched. The clitoral “hood”is a small piece of skin that covers the clitoris)
  • Urethra (opening to the urinary canal, where urine/pee comes out)
  • Labia majora (larger pads of skin on either side of the vagina, protects the vagina from injury)
  • Labia minora (thinner flaps on either side of the vagina, sometimes called “lips”)
  • Anus (opening to the rectum, where bowel movements come out of)

Should you shave before seeing a gynecologist?

It’s not necessary to shave or wax around the vagina before your first visit to a gynecologist. You will want to be clean though, so be sure to shower that day, using a gentle soap to maintain proper vaginal hygiene.

Can a gynecologist know if you’re a virgin?

A common myth is that a gynecologist can tell from looking at the hymen if a woman is a virgin. In fact, after puberty, in the absence of injuries that might rarely occur from rape, a doctor CANNOT TELL!

What soap do gynecologists recommend?

You may be confused by the feminine hygiene products that claim to keep your vagina smelling like “springtime.” Caring for your vulva and vagina is actually very simple because you don’t need to buy fancy soaps or liquids. In fact, these products can be very irritating and can cause vaginitis.

Recommended mild soaps include Cetaphil®, Basis®, Aveeno®, or Neutrogena®. Do not scrub vulvar skin with a washcloth. Wash with the hand or with running water and pat dry.

When should you go to the gynecologist for the first time?

What is the right age to take this step? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist when they’re between the ages of 13 and 15. Most girls will not need a pelvic exam during this first visit, though. Preadolescence is a great time to discuss the body, menstrual cycle, hormones, sexual health and psychosocial stressors (peer pressure, goals etc).