Understandably, a yeast infection during
pregnancy causes many women concern. But don't worry, it
is normal to have a yeast infection in early
In fact, the second trimester is when a yeast infection in
pregnancy usually shows up. Of course, it could raise its' ugly
head earlier or later. Like most things in life, you just never
Some women wonder whether yeast infections are an early sign
of pregnancy. While women are more susceptible to infections
when pregnant, scores of women whom are not pregnant get yeast
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So just because you have an infection, it does not mean you
These infections are caused by the overgrowth of Candida
albicans yeast, a yeast or fungi that is often present in the
vagina, gut, mouth and skin. Usually the Candida yeast causes
absolutely no problem at all, but in some cases it can grow
rapidly and cause a yeast infection.
(For more information on yeast infection in general, check
out our page on what
is yeast infection?).
Why Do Women get Yeast
Infections During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, a woman has increased levels of the
hormone estrogen, Scientists believe that this affects the
vagina in two ways
- it makes the vagina produce more glycogen, which makes
it a more comfortable environment for the yeast, and
- the estrogen may also cause the yeast to multiply more
rapidly and help it stick to the walls of the vagina.
The vagina is a great place for yeast to breed, being warm,
dark and moist, but the high levels of estrogen and imbalances
in the pregnant woman's body make it an even more comfortable
Another reason why yeast infections are so common in
pregnancy is that the woman's immune system is weakened so that
her system does not attack the baby in her womb. A weakened
immune system allows the yeast to multiply and take hold.
Taking antibiotics can also leave you at an increased risk
of developing a yeast infection because the antibiotics also
kill the “friendly” bacteria that help to keep yeast under
Do not worry about the health of your baby, the yeast
infection will not harm your baby. Sometimes a baby can
contract oral thrush during labor, if the woman has vaginal
thrush, but this is easy to treat. See our page on baby thrush for more
Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast
Infection During Pregnancy
Pregnant women should look out for the following signs and
symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection:
- Itching, irritation and even a burning sensation in the
vagina and around the clitoris, labia and vulva.
- Swollen labia – The labia can become swollen and
- Burning or soreness when urinating.
- Discharge – Increased discharge is common in pregnancy
but a curd-like, cottage-cheese type discharge is usually a
sign of a yeast infection. The discharge may also smell
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse.
You may not necessarily have all of these symptoms, it
depends on the severity of the yeast infection. See our general
page of symptoms
of a yeast infection for more information.
Treating Yeast Infection
Don't ignore any sign of a vaginal yeast infection because
it will only get worse. You have enough things to worry about
during pregnancy without adding that to the list.
Normally a woman with a vaginal yeast infection can just go
to the pharmacy or store and get a cream or oral medication.
However, in the case of yeast infection during pregnancy you
should get medical advice so that any treatment you use is safe
for your unborn child and you do not misdiagnose the
Oral medication is not usually recommended to treat a yeast
infection during pregnancy. Your doctor is more likely to
prescribe or recommend an antifungal cream or suppository
containing an antifungal agent like clotrimazole.
Usually, you will be instructed to use the treatment at
bedtime for around seven days. Make sure that you follow the
directions and finish the course to ensure that the yeast
infection has been treated effectively.
You may have to use a longer course of treatment than you
had with other yeast infections since the shorter courses
aren't as effective while you are pregnant.
There is a chance your partner could also have an infection.
If this is the case, he should also be treated because
otherwise he could reinfect you.
Yeast Infection and
Pregnancy: Prevent a Recurring Infection
Here are some tips to help prevent a yeast infection during
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid pantyhose.
- Remove underwear at night and wear a nightgown rather
than pajamas so that air can circulate around your
- Make sure you dry yourself thoroughly after showering
or bathing, and remove damp swim wear as soon as
- Wipe front to back when you go to the toilet.
- Avoid perfumed soaps, shower gel and bubble bath.
- Avoid douching.
- Eat “live” yogurt containing lactobacillus
Once you get rid of the candidiasis, a starch-free drying
powder or Nystatin powder may be used to help prevent another
These measures should help reduce your risk of irritating yeast
infections during pregnancy.
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