Yeast Infection and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, women are more prone to get yeast infection. This is the growth of yeast cells in the genital area. It causes severe genital itching, pain and irritation. Yeast infection may also cause diseases in the bladder. Sever complications could arise if not treated swiftly. Here are some pointers on on symptoms, treatment and prevention of yeast infection during pregnancy.

Yeast Infection and Pregnancy – Symptoms

  • Burning sensation and itching in the genital area.
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • White or yellowish discharge
  • Starchy odor or odorless discharge
  • Problems/pain  when urinating

Yeast Infection and Pregnancy – Treatment

  • It is advisable to use vaginal creams. In severe cases your doctor may recommend anti-fungal capsules.
  • Capsules which may be prescribed when treating yeast infections are miconazole, butoconazole, terconazole and clotrimazole.
  • . A pregnant woman should not take diflucan medication because it can be harmful for both mother and baby.
  • In order to minimize the irritation, starch – free powder known as nystatin, may be used. As a precaution, use medication that has been prescribed by your doctor.

Yeast Infection and Pregnancy – Prevention

  • In order to prevent, or at least reduce the risk of, any infection, a pregnant woman should follow a healthy diet. Food which is rich in acidophilus such as yogurt helps in maintaining natural flora of the vagina, thus reducing the risk of yeast infection during pregnancy.
  • Bread and sugar intake should be reduced.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic garments. Wear loose clothes  made of cotton  in which you feel comfortable.
  • Avoid wearing wet swimsuit or wet clothes for prolonged time.
  • During pregnancy, use mild soaps and perfumes. Harsh products may increase the irritation in the genital area.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, consult a doctor. One may face problems due to infection, but early treatment will arrest the problem.

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