Vaginal yeast infections, caused by a microscopic fungus called Candida albicans, are quite common in pregnancy. Candida albicans is a common fungus found in the intestinal tracts of both men and women, and is also commonly found in the vagina. Yeast infections only occur when the fungus grows too much. Yeast infections are more common in pregnant women because in pregnancy, your vagina produces glycogen, on which the Candida albicans thrive.
Vaginal yeast infections are often accompanied by moderate to severe itching in the vaginal area and a thick cottage cheese like vaginal discharge.
If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, call your doctor or midwife. They will confirm if you have an infection and will either prescribe a vaginal cream or recommend an OTC cream that you can use. Many of these creams are safe in your second or third trimester, but some should not be used in your first trimester. Since you are pregnant, consult your doctor or midwife before treating yourself. Vaginal yeast infections will not harm your baby.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Treatments
- Diflucan oral medication – consult your doctor for a prescription
- Assorted Vaginal anti-fungal creams – consult your doctor first
- Apply ice packs or Witch Hazel compresses
Vaginal Yeast Infection Prevention
- Eat yogurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus active cultures
- Avoid hot baths. This warm moist environment causes bacteria to grow
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