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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi I am 16 and have problems with discharge, still a virgin. I've been to the doctor and I'm healthy, no infection, but i have so much discharge that it's really embarrasing. I try to wash it off but it won't help.. it's even ruining my pants. what do i do? love your blog! Tasha
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi Tasha.

Discharge is the vagina’s way of cleaning itself - discharge carries away dead cells and bacteria. The increase in your discharge is probably due to the hormonal changes in your body, since you are going through puberty and your body doesn’t really know what to do with all those hormones. It is actually quite common for people to have a lot of watery discharge - it’s also a sign of a good hydration and bacterial balance. It is also normal to have more discharge after working out. Heavy discharge can also be a sign of stress and anxiety.

Here are some tips about controlling vaginal discharge:

- Wash regulary with warm water. If you feel that it is necessary to use a soap, use a gentle soap with natural ingredients and without and parfumes. 

- Avoid baths and scented products like creams and sprays.

- Always wipe from front to the back after going to the bathroom - even after peeing or if you’re just wiping the discharge away.

- Wear 100 % cotton underwear and avoid very tight clothing (like skinny jeans).

- Change your underwear, if necessary, to keep the bacteria away and reduce the discomfort.

- Sleep naked, or wear cotton pants without underwear to allow your vulva to ”air out”.

- I usually don’t recommend using panty liners, but in your case I would say that they might help you. Make sure you change them a few times a day or as often as you can.

Hope I helped.



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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm six weeks pregnant and this week all my symptoms have disappeared. I have no idea if i should be pleased or concerned, also I haven't even got a bump yet.
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:


First of all, it is completely normal that you don’t have a bump yet. Your womb has to grow out of the pelvis to start showing, and at six weeks it’s as big as a chicken egg. By 12th week of pregnancy it will be the size of a grapefruit and it will slowly start growing out of your pelvis. But hey - we’re different shapes and sizes and so are our pelvises and wombs. Different people start ”showing” at different times. So don’t worry, that is yet to come.

Pregnancy symptoms are different for everyone too. Some experience nausea, some don’t, some have to pee every half an hour, some don’t. The most common (but not everyone has them!) symptoms of pregnancy around 6th week are feeling tired, sore breasts and having to pee  a lot. Nausea, or morning sickness, is also possible. So everything should be okay, as long as you’re feeling fine. 

If you, however, start bleeding or experience strong pain in your stomach, visit your doctor immediatey. 

Hope I helped. I wish you a happy pregnancy!



The stunning Dimity Spencer with her boys Wyatt (2) and River (13 weeks). It took quite awhile to get pregnant with Wyatt. Her pregnancy was great and she very much enjoyed but she found the birthing process to be quite scary and not quite ready for it. Everything went well and he was fine. She prepared a lot more for River’s birth, read lots of books and chose to have a doula present for the entire process. Everything was very calm and went smoothly. Her husband was able to assist and caught River. Breastfeeding has been the hardest part of being a mother for Dimity. She was able to breastfeed Wyatt for 15 months and River is currently nursing. Both boys started out having a difficult time, she had severely cracked nipples, mastitis and thrush each time. She’s settled in fine but found the first few weeks very difficult. Dimity had a hard time following Wyatt’s birth and went to a week long treatment center when he was about 4 months old after which things improved. She was never officially diagnosed with Postpartum Depression but definitely felt the pull. Things have gone will, however, after River’s birth. Dimity chose to participate in the project to give herself a beautiful gift, something she doesn’t do often enough. #4thtrimester #4thtridownunder #4thtrimesterbodies #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #birth #breastfeeding #childbirth #everybodyisbeautiful #motherhood #postpartum #postpartumbody #postpartumbodies #stopcensoringmotherhood


all bare-breasted women were on the breasts of the goddess. i am grateful to have been one of them… among such beautiful strong feminine entities <3 magical ceremony this was. may we connect with our sacred intuitive sensitive feminine side, men and women all the same. all one xxxxxx

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The magnificent Marissa McArther with her son Zane (11 months). Marissa is also mum to daughters Talia (5) and Hayley (3). Marissa had healthy pregnancies with each of her children. Her first two were born in hospital. Talia was born with shoulder dystocia and also swallowed meconium. Marissa had hoped to initiate breastfeeding immeadiately but with Talia separated from her for the better part of 3 days things got off to a rocky start. She had a couple successful breastfeeds but for the most part exclusively pumped for 11 months. Her pregnancy with Hayley was without complication, she had another natural hospital birth without issue and she was able to initiate breastfeeding straight away. Hayley nursed until she was three and declared she was done just days before Zane was born. Marissa chose to have a homebirth with Zane and while she was surprised by the length of labor, particularly the long pushing phase, it was a beautiful experience. She’s been able to have a lovely breastfeeding relationship this time around as well. Knowing she won’t have any more children Marissa was excited to document this chapter of life with her last baby. #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimesterbodies #4thtrimester #birth #breastfeeding #childbirth #everybodyisbeautiful #motherhood #stopcensoringmotherhood #postpartum #postpartumbodies #postpartumbody #homebirth


The amazing Aja Whelan-Schrapel and daughter Autumn Claire (5 months). Aja is a former preemie, visually impaired and spent a lot of school life playing catch-up and trying to respect themself and their body regardless of their confusion and “short-comings”. Aja identifies as agender and has spent the past two years coming to terms with the label they’ve been searching for, for so long and coming out to family and friends. Aja and Aja’s husband, approached pregnancy as something that could happen and they’d figure things out and decide what to do if and when it happened. Pregnancy was medically well but Aja had movements of loving it and feeling poorly about their body taking on such a feminine form. Labor started slowly with some tiredness and back ache and it wasn’t until things really got moving along that Aja felt it was time to head into the birth center. Upon arrival things were moving along quickly and Aja felt both waves of support and lack of control. The midwives and staff did a good job of utilizing the pronouns that Aja feels comfortable with which was nice but also felt moments of needing to permission to do what their body needed to do. Aja was told that they’d be allowed one more push before an episiotomy and it was then that Autumn was born. Aja tore three ways and need to be stitched up, a process that stirred up some past childhood trauma. After birth it was important for Aja to get outdoors with Autumn on her first day of life, they were able to spend a few minutes in the birth center courtyard to regroup. Breastfeeding has gone well for Aja other than some initial pain. At 5 months in, Autumn is started to become interested in food and play rather than just Aja’s breast which is allowing them to come into a different space as a parent. Being a Zaza (Aja’s preferred parental moniker) has been terrifying and raw and humbling and inspiring and confirming.
#4thtrimester #agender #4thtrimesterbodies #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #birth #breastfeeding #motherhood #postpartum #postpartumbody #postpartumbodies #everybodyisbeautiful #stopcensoringmotherhood #childbirth



Molly keeps whipping them out!  Thanks Molly, for an awesomely educational post on the Implant!

I use this form of birth control and I LOVE it so far. Have had no problems, and don’t have to remember to take a pill or switch a patch. I appreciate its convenience.

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My wish!

this is rather beautiful…


A picture of a baby born "en-caul", which means that the membrane protecting the baby’s body and head has not yet torn. Normally, this membrane breaks as the birth process commences, and that is commonly referred to as “breaking of water”. En-caul births are very rare, occuring in fewer than 1 on 80,000 births. It is, however, almost always perfectly harmless.

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I saw this video on Trent’s newsfeed on Facebook. I’m sorry it’s so small, it’s not on youtube and Tumblr refuses to post any facebook videos on here

omg. :’)

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