Yeast Infection During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

Yeast Infection During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Yeast infections during pregnancy are more common than at any other time in a woman's life, especially during the second trimester. You may notice an increase in discharge that is watery, white, and has a strange odor. This is a common and normal symptom in the second trimester of pregnancy.

If you think you may have a yeast infection, the following information may help you discuss the possibility with your doctor. Although yeast infections do not have a serious adverse effect on pregnancy, they are more difficult to control during pregnancy and can cause significant discomfort. 

Don't wait for treatment! 

 

What is a Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections occur when the normal levels of acid and yeast in the vagina become unbalanced, causing yeast to overgrow and cause an uncomfortable but not serious condition called a yeast infection.

If you have never been diagnosed or treated by a doctor for vaginitis and you have some symptoms, you should first consult with your doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. 

Other infections can have similar symptoms, so it's a good idea to make sure your infection is treated properly. Some treatment methods are not suitable during pregnancy. 

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What Causes Yeast Infections During Pregnancy?

Yeast infections can be caused by one or more of the following:

• Hormonal changes during pregnancy or before menstruation.

• Use of hormones or contraceptives

• Use of antibiotics or steroids

• High blood sugar levels, such as diabetes

• Vaginal intercourse

• shower

• Blood or semen

 

Why are Yeast Infections Common During Pregnancy?

Your body is going through many changes right now and it can be difficult for your body to keep up with the changes in vaginal chemistry. Vaginal secretions contain a lot of sugar that yeast can consume, creating an imbalance and causing yeast overgrowth.

 

What are the Symptoms of a Yeast Infection?

Symptoms of a yeast infection may include one or more of the following:

• The discharge is usually white/brown, looks like curds and may have a yeasty/bread smell.

• Other discharge may be green or yellow in color and look like curds or have a yeast/bread smell.

• Increased download amount

• Redness, itching or irritation of the lips.

• Burning sensation during urination or sexual intercourse.

 

What Else can you Experience?

If you have symptoms that are similar to a yeast infection but have been ruled out by your doctor, you may have one of the following symptoms:

• Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis

• Vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis

 

How do I know If I have a Yeast Infection?

In an office or clinic, your doctor will use a simple, painless cotton swab to remove vaginal discharge or discharge and examine it under a microscope. Your doctor can usually diagnose a yeast infection with a simple vaginal exam. In rare cases, cultures may be sent to a laboratory.

 

How are Yeast Infections Treated During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, doctors recommend only vaginal creams and suppositories. Oral formulation Diflucan (single dose) has not been shown to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Not all vaginal creams and suppositories are suitable for use during pregnancy, so it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist to buy the right product.

If left untreated, a yeast infection can spread to the baby's mouth during birth. This is called "canker sores" and is effectively treated with nystatin. During pregnancy, it may take 10 to 14 days for the infection to subside or disappear completely.

After the infection has cleared and the wound has healed, it may be helpful to use dry non-starch powder or nystatin powder to prevent reinfection. 

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How to Prevent Yeast Infections or Recurring Yeast Infections?

Most yeast infections can usually be prevented by doing the following:

• Wear loose, breathable cotton clothing and cotton underwear.

• After regular, thorough washing (with fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or mild soap), use a hair dryer on low, cool settings to dry the area around the genitals.

• Always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.

• Shower immediately after bathing. Remove your bathing suit, workout clothes, and other wet clothing as soon as possible.

• I DO NOT:

  • Douche 
  • Use feminine hygiene spray
  • Use sanitary towels and tampons that contain deodorant.
  • Take a bubble bath/use scented soap
  • Use colored or scented toilet paper.

• Add yogurt containing "Lactobacillus acidophilus" to your diet.

• Limit sugar intake as sugar promotes yeast growth.

• Get enough rest to help your body fight infections more easily.

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