No need to worry! Your little one is adapting to life outside of the womb!
While in the womb, babies are exposed to mom’s estrogen as it passes through the placenta into the baby’s bloodstream. However, after the baby is born, she is no longer exposed to these hormones, so her little body goes through withdrawal. You may notice that the vaginal area is swollen right after birth, and she may even have whitish discharge in the vaginal area, called physiologic leukorrhea. You may also notice a little vaginal bleeding in the diaper due to the estrogen withdrawal. No need to worry, these changes should go away by the time your little one is a couple of months old.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019