Yeast Infections During Pregnancy – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Yeast infections during pregnancy are quite common. According to the APA (American Pregnancy Association), most yeast infections in pregnancy happen during the second trimester. Fortunately, there is no evidence that suggest yeast infections cause birth defects.

Yeast Infection Symptoms

It’s important to know and understand yeast infection symptoms that can happen in pregnancy. Symptoms include:

  • Vaginal discharge that is white in color and has a texture similar to cottage cheese
  • Pain on urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Itching in the vaginal area
  • Irritation and rash around the vagina.

If any of these symptoms are present, it’s imperative you talk with your doctor about treatment.

Diagnosis of Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

It’s important to note here that symptoms of yeast infections are often and easily confused with other vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Yeast infections have not been shown to cause any pregnancy complications or birth defects, but bacterial vaginosis and other STDs can be quite dangerous to your baby. If you experience symptoms, the best thing to do is go to your doctor for a confirmation of diagnosis before trying any home remedy treatment. Treatment needs to start right away if it is something other than a general yeast infection in order to prevent complications and possible birth defects.

Yeast infections are never easy or pleasant to deal with at any time, and even more so during pregnancy. There is enough to worry about when you are expecting a new member of the family. However, take heart that if you do get a yeast infection, it will not cause any pregnancy complications or birth defects in your baby, so there isn’t much to worry about. Just be sure to confirm diagnosis if you experience symptoms.

Treatment for Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

Choosing the right treatment is essential during pregnancy. The body and its chemistry behaves differently during pregnancy, so treatment options will vary.

A safe option for treatment of a yeast infection in pregnancy would be topical medications applied to the vagina because they do not have major side effects. You don’t always need a prescription for fungal creams, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these. Diflucan is an oral medication used to treat yeast infections, but it has not been proven to be a safe option for pregnancy.

Alternative medicine or alternative treatments are a good way to go for treating yeast infections during pregnancy. Home remedies like eating or applying plain yogurt to the vaginal area is a good option because of the probiotics that help fight off the infection. Yeast grows in warm, moist areas, so be sure to stay dry and airy.

Linda Allen, author, nutritionist and health consultant says that100% natural holistic methods that can be used to remedy yeast infections permanently and safely.” You can read more about her solutions to permanently get rid of your yeast infection at her website.

Avoid any harsh soaps and hygiene products, especially during pregnancy.

It’s imperative to treat the yeast infection before delivery, or you risk passing thrush to your baby’s mouth. That said, however, thrush is quite easy to treat.

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