Thrush and Vaginal Infection During Pregnancy

Vaginal Infection During Pregnancy

Vaginal Thrush and Vaginal Infection During Pregnancy

Causes of yeast infection during pregnancy:

Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus called ‘Candida albicans.’

Now this fungus is present in the vagina of most women and the good bacteria in our bodies keeps them in check.

Pregnant women become more susceptible to Thrush as the vagina is now rich in sugar (glycogen) which is conducive for the fungus to survive.

Symptoms of vaginal thrush during pregnancy:

You are probably having a lot of vaginal discharge anyways but you know it's thrush if the discharge becomes thick, white and creamy. You may also have itching or soreness around the vagina and peeing could cause a stinging sensation in the vaginal region.

Preventing vaginal infection during pregnancy:

Self help tips for thrush in pregnancy-

Simple things can help you avoid having thrush

  • Wear cotton underpants and change them each day. If you have to wear tights do it for as little time as possible.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes.
  • Avoid using soaps, bubble baths, etc. around the vaginal area. You could use a soap substitute instead to keep the area clean.
  • You could use a mild moisturiser around the vaginal region.
  • Always wipe yourself front to back after using the toilet so as to ensure no organisms are swept towards the vagina
  • Use probiotics, eat live yoghurt or also try applying it in and around your vagina.

Treatment for vaginal thrush in pregnancy :

Now if you do get thrush it is best to consult your gynaecologist. Any oral medication would be best avoided now as the effect on the baby would be unknown.

Thrush will not affect your baby as she is safe inside the uterus but it is very uncomfortable for you so it would be best to have it treated.