Thrush is the normal discharge that you get during pregnancy. It looks thin and milky in color. It occasionally causes itching and redness around the vagina. This might happen due to vaginal infections which are quite common during pregnancy. However, this is caused because of microscopic fungus (yeast) called candida albicans which is normal part of our digestive system. During pregnancy, the change in hormone levels can increase your chance of having thrush.
However, there are more chances of you getting yeast infection if:
- You have diabetes or gestational diabetes,
- If you are pregnant. The hormonal changes that take place in your body makes your vagina rich in sugar and glucose which helps your thrush to thrive
- If your immune system is weak. This might be because of various surgeries or therapies that you might have undergone,
- When you have been on antibiotics for too long.
Will it affect your baby?
This will not affect your baby are your baby is safely sealed in your womb. Even if the baby gets thrush at the time of birth, doctor can give the baby oral antifungal treatment for the same.
When to see the doctor?
If you have thrush during pregnancy, consult your doctor or mid wife. Further, your doctor will examine the area around your vagina to check how bad it is. If she is in doubt then she might take a vaginal swab and send it to the lab for further testing.
How to avoid it?
You will be prescribed to take antifungal creams that will be suitable for your stage of pregnancy. If you are in your first trimester then your doctor might not prescribe you anything as yet. However, you may be needing a full seven day course treatment to get rid of the thrush.
In case, you have been prescribed pessaries, an applicator will be given to you but you need to careful while using it. Keep a check of the pressure that you are putting. it is best you do this at night so that it can be absorbed while lying down.
It may become difficult for you to get rid of the thrush so make sure you take a full seven-day course and if the thrush is not going away, then visit your doctor immediately.
How prevent Thrush?
- Do not use soap on your vaginal area. And try washing the area using water or soap substitutes at least once a day.
- Don’t wash your underwear in washing powder. Double rinse it to make sure it is clean.
- Wear cotton underwear instead of synthetic.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes like jeans, stockings etc, as it provides moist and warm environment perfect for the yeast to grow.
- Eat yogurt and use probiotics
- Use gentle moisturizer several times during the day to avoid dryness
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