Importance of maintaining good intimate hygiene during pregnancy
Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy induce physiological changes, such as pH values, in the lower genital tract of pregnant women. Such physiological changes can lead to congestion and hypertrophy of the vaginal mucosa. This provides an ideal environment for the growth of anaerobic bacteria and other pathogenic microorganisms within the vagina. Increasing opportunities of infection result in inflammation in the vagina and cervix, thus increasing the risk of neonatal
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