7 Preventive Measures To Avoid Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy calls in celebrations as well as a plethora of irritations, minor infections and ailments. While on one hand you are excited about the oncoming baby, on the other, you are laden with apprehensions due to everyday complaints. Most of the ailments are due to your changing body requirements and the ravaging hormones to cater to your growing baby.

One of the common complaints among pregnant women is yeast infection. This infection is caused in your vagina and can be quite annoying.


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What Is Yeast Infection?

Yeast infection is also called monilial vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis.

  • It is caused by fungus called Candida Albicans.
  • There is usually a little amount of yeast present in your vagina and intestinal tract.
  • The yeast becomes infected when there is an overgrowth with fast multiplying of the fungi, obstructing the normal routine of the pregnant body.

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Causes Of Yeast Infection During Pregnancy:

A yeast infection is usually caused during pregnancy because of the below factors:

  • High amount of estrogen secreted during pregnancy is said to cause your vagina to produce glycogen. This further makes it convenient for the yeast to infest and grow. Estrogen also propels the speed of the growth, enabling the yeast to stick to the vaginal walls.
  • Antibiotic medications are another cause for yeast infection. While killing the other bacteria that they have been prescribed for, these drugs make it even more vulnerable for yeast to start growing.
  • Moisture build up in your vaginal area due to wet or unclean underwear can also catalyze the sudden growth.
  • Heightened sexual activity can trigger off a sudden onset of yeast infection.

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Symptoms Of A Yeast Infection During Pregnancy:

You are prone to be plagued by a yeast infection with symptoms until you start the treatment. Below are some main symptoms of a yeast infection in the vagina:

  • Itchiness.
  • Soreness.
  • Burning and redness.
  • Swelling.
  • Odorless vaginal discharge that is white, creamy or cottage cheese-y in appearance.
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse.
  • Burning sensation while urinating.
  • Swelling and redness of the vulva.

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Treatment For Yeast Infection During Pregnancy:

Once you experience the above symptoms, it is recommended that you see your doctor right away so that necessary treatment can be started.

  • Your doctor will check for the vaginal discharge and test it to confirm yeast infection.
  • Once confirmed, you will be given creams and suppositories along with the medicines.
  • You have to use the prescribed cream or suppository in your vaginal area as a topical treatment for the number of days recommended.
  • Ideally, use these creams at bedtime. Most creams and suppositories contain clotrimazole which is effective in getting rid of the infection faster.

Do not use any over the counter drugs or creams while pregnant. It is an absolute must that you follow the instructions of your doctor and take only prescribed medication.

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Yeast Infection And Unborn Baby:

Yeast infection does not harm your unborn baby.

  • There is a rare possibility your baby may contract the infection while passing through the birth canal during labor.
  • Even then, your baby will develop the infection in the throat which is known as thrush. This condition is treatable and is not harmful for your baby.
  • Yeast infections do not cause miscarriage or preterm labor. The infection does not pass down to your baby through umbilical cord.

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