Although, vaginal yeast infection is more common during pregnancy, than any other time, it may be more difficult to control. But, the good news is this infection has no major negative effects on pregnancy. What is the cause of yeast infection during pregnancy? It is because you go through so many changes; it becomes difficult for your body to maintain an acidic environment in the vagina. Moreover, the increased amount of sugar in the vaginal secretions during pregnancy acts as an open invitation for yeast to feast on, leading to yeast infection in pregnancy.
Yeast infection pregnancy symptom
Vaginal yeast infection symptoms are no different from the usual ones, except for a few changes. Let’s see what these are:
a. Redness, itching, or irritation of vaginal lips.
b. Burning during urination or sex.
c. Copious amounts of discharge that may range from cottage cheese that smells like yeast or bread to greenish or yellowish discharge with the same smell.
Treatment of yeast infection during pregnancy
The difficulty is you can’t have all kinds of medication, since the safety of your developing baby is at stake. But, if this infection remains untreated, it can be passed to your baby’s mouth during delivery as thrush.
So, physicians generally recommend only vaginal creams and suppositories for pregnancy yeast infection treatment and not oral medications. Only non-prescription azole medications are prescribed for treating yeast infection during pregnancy. These include clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (Monistat), terconazole (Terazol) and butoconazole (Femstat). Remember, the single-dose oral medication Diflucan has not been proven safe during pregnancy and lactation. And yes, if your baby does get yeast infection of the mouth, don’t worry; it’s effectively treated with Nystatin.
It may take ten to fourteen days for the infection to completely clear up during pregnancy. Once infection has cleared up and any sores have healed, it is recommended to use a starch-free drying powder or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurrence.
Preventing Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
It’s said prevention is better than the cure. It’s doubly true for the pregnant, since they’re already experiencing a great amount of discomfort. So, if you’re pregnant, you’d do well to follow these tips:
a. Wear loose, cotton clothing and undergarments that can ‘breathe’ and never wear synthetic clothes that accumulate sweat.
b. After using the toilet, wipe your rear from front to back and not the other way round to avoid the harmful bacteria from entering the vagina.
c. Totally avoid douching. Also avoid feminine hygiene sprays, sanitary pads, bubble bath, colored or perfumed toilet paper and tampons that contain deodorant.
d. Always keep your genital area dry. So, after regular, thorough washing, use your blow dryer on a low, cool setting to dry.
e. If you happen to take a dip in the swimming pool, it’s best to take a shower immediately and get out of damp swimming costume as quickly as possible.
f. Limit sugar intake, as sugar promotes yeast growth.
g. Get plenty of rest to make it easier for your body to fight infections.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of yeast infection now, it’ll be best to show it to your physician at the first instance. Only then will he or she be able to suggest the best line of treatment. Those who don’t have any symptoms of this infection should adhere to the preventive measures.