There is an increased risk of yeast infections during pregnancy. The incidence of yeast infection is higher during the second trimester of pregnancy.Hormonal changes happening in the body during pregnancy leads to an increased production of estrogen .This alters the pH levels in the vagina thus facilitating the growth of yeast. The condition of diabetes and the intake of steroids or antibiotics can also lead to this condition.
The symptoms include itchiness, irritations and swelling of the vagina. You will also experience an increase in creamy vaginal discharge having a strange smell. Pain during intercourse and a burning sensation while urinating are also clear indications of yeast infection.
The condition usually doesn’t cause any harm to the baby in the womb .But it can cause lots of discomforts for the mother. The baby can contract yeast infection during the time of delivery, as he passes through the birth canal. This leads to development of yeast infection in his mouth, known as thrush.
There are many ways to prevent yeast infection during pregnancy. Do not wear skintight clothing. Also wear undergarments made of material like cotton which gives breathing space for your skin. Change and shower after a swim or other exercise sessions.
Always clean your vaginal area with warm water and a mild soap. Take care to dry the area completely. Do not ever douche. Avoid bubble baths and usage of feminine hygiene sprays. An inclusion of yogurt and garlic in your diet is also seen t help as it is seen to discourage yeast growth in your genitals. Also limit your sugar intake and excessive consumption of mushrooms.
If you develop yeast infection during pregnancy, then take immediate medical help. The physician will confirm the infection by physical examination of the vagina or by a microscopic examination of your vaginal discharge.
Even though there are many over the counter anti fungal medicines available, it will be wise not to resort to these medications until and unless prescribed by your doctor. The condition will usually disappear completely one to two weeks from starting the medications.
If you have high itching and burning sensation in your vagina you can get a temporary relief by applying an icepack or by resorting to a cool bath.
Yeast infection during pregnancy is not a life threatening condition and can be tackled by timely care.