Don't douche during pregnancy -- your vagina needs bacteria to stay healthy.


Douching is never a good idea, but it's an even worse idea during pregnancy. The vagina maintains a delicate balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. Flushing it with water or other fluids can irritate the vagina. Worse, it can change the balance of bacteria, which can cause infection in the vagina or bladder.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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