A Look at Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

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While many women may never experience yeast infections during pregnancy, it is actually more common than you might think.

Fortunately, it is most often nothing to worry about and something that seems to happen most frequently during the second trimester. If you have found that you are experiencing a slightly foul smelling, milky discharge, get to your OB-GYN right away.

Although it isn’t usually anything to worry about and will most often not bother baby in any way, you can’t rule out other possibilities simply because it is a common problem during pregnancy.

Why Visit Your Doctor ASAP?

A ‘normal’ yeast infection during pregnancy is found to be the result of biological changes going on in your body during this time. Anyone who has had a baby knows what hormonal imbalances can do.

Unfortunately, many women simply ascribe what appears to be a regular yeast infection, called monilial vaginitis or sometimes vaginal candidiasis, to the fact that they are pregnant and this is a common complaint. Actually, although chances are slim, it could be something much more serious, so a trip to the doctor ASAP is called for.

If Not Vaginal Candidiasis, What Then?

Most often a doctor can determine exactly what you are suffering from with a simple culture taken and sent off to the lab for diagnostics. If something more serious is suspected, a series of other diagnostic tests may be in order. At the hospital where you will be giving birth, a professional with a bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography is most likely the person who does the ultrasound where you see your baby inside your womb.

There are some cases of yeast infections that are so severe they can form abscess like ‘bubbles’ on other surrounding organs, the liver for one. This is typically indicative of something much more serious going on and will bear further diagnostics such as a repeat ultrasound exam, especially if medications are not effective treatments.

This type of yeast infection is usually noticed in people suffering from leukemia and is referred to as ‘chronic disseminated candida.’ However, it doesn’t always take someone with an online medical sonography degree to run the diagnostics needed.

Under Normal Circumstances What Will Treatment Mean?

When your OB tells you that you simply have a normally occurring type of yeast infection due to your pregnancy, you will most likely be given a course of anti-fungal treatment that will start ‘curing’ the problem. Even so, many (if not most) require repeated treatments if the problem persists. Some may get re-infected by their partner and others simply have a resistant form of the fungi.

Your OB will be the best doctor to prescribe medications and treatments because it is their job to know what you can do and take that is safe for baby. You can alter your eating habits with foods that are known to discourage the growth of this kind of fungus, which just might potentiate the effectiveness of the medicine you have been prescribed.

Just don’t be too alarmed when you first spot a yeast infection during pregnancy because more often than not, it’s just the result of all those hormones raging in your body. The best advice? See your doctor right away. Only then will you know for sure what you have and how to effectively treat it.

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