Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common problems faced by pregnant women around the world. Although yeast infection can affect women at any point of their lives, the risk of pregnant women contacting this infection is much more. This is because of the high levels of estrogen hormones that are produced in the body of a pregnant woman.
The high estrogen levels in pregnant women trigger off increased glycogen production which in turn causes vaginal yeast infection. Taking birth control pills, antibiotics, high levels of blood sugar, douching and intercourse can cause yeast infection. These factors upset the pH balance between the fungus and the competing microorganisms in the body, thus allowing the fungus to thrive.
Some of the common symptoms that signal a yeast infection during pregnancy include an increase in the vaginal discharge that is usually odorless and creamy white, itching and soreness in the vaginal area, burning sensation while urinating and lower abdominal pain.
Contacting yeast infection during pregnancy can be a cause for concern and if you observe any of these symptoms then it is best to contact a doctor immediately.
Proper diagnosis of the infection is vital as the symptoms are similar to vaginal infections caused by bacteria and other sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. A painless swab for removing the vaginal discharge and a simple examination can help the doctor confirm if you indeed are suffering from yeast infection.
Antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories such as Clotrimazole and Miconazole may be used to treat the infection. Oral medications are usually not recommended. It is important to treat yeas infections as soon as possible. This is because when left untreated, the infection is known to pass on to the newborn during delivery resulting in oral thrush. This results in white patches around the baby’s mouth and tongue.
There are many ways that you can avoid yeast infection completely. Avoiding tight fitting clothes and instead opting for light breathable fabrics like cotton can help in keeping the infection at bay. Avoid the use of perfumed soaps and other products for cleaning the vaginal area.
Moreover you need to ensure that the vaginal area is not wet for long periods of time as it can increase the fungal growth. Avoid wearing wet swimsuits for extended time periods and make sure that you air dry the vaginal area after a bath. For restoring the natural flora of the vagina and restricting fungal infections regular intake of yogurt and cranberry juice is recommended.