Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
There are two types of bacteria in the body – good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria keeps bad bacteria away. When this delicate balance is disturbed, women (especially pregnant women) may get a yeast infection. A yeast infection is a common infection caused by a fungi called Candida.
How Women get Yeast Infection
Everybody has a small amount of yeast in their system. An infection only develops when the yeast overtakes competing microorganisms in the body. Experts believe pregnant women are more prone to yeast infections due to the higher level of estrogen in their body during pregnancy.
The symptoms of a yeast infection are listed below:
– Odorless discharge which may resemble cottage cheese.
– Pain or discomfort during sex.
– A burning feeling during urination.
Women who suspect that they have a yeast infection should see their doctor. The doctor will take a swab from the effected area and send it off for testing. If a yeast infection is present he or she will prescribe medication.
Now, it is important to be aware that the symptoms of a yeast infection are also the symptoms of other illnesses. This is why it is so important to see a doctor. Research has found that a large number of women buying over the counter treatment for yeast infections have another health problem altogether.
Yeast Infection Treatment During Pregnancy
Yeast infections (vaginal thrush) are easily treated with creams, oral medications and pessaries. These medications are safe to take during pregnancy and will not harm the baby.
Pregnant women should be aware that if their infection is left untreated, they may pass it on to their baby during labor. While this is treatable it is better to keep this from happening by getting treatment during pregnancy.