Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one time, when you may experience certain problems you may never have had earlier, and vaginal yeast infection is one such thing. Even though you may not have a history of yeast infection, you can still develop it during pregnancy, especially in your first and second trimesters.

If you’ve never had yeast infections earlier, you may go wondering how you ended up with one now.

So, here’s how pregnant women develop yeast infections during the first two trimesters:

For most pregnancy related problems, hormonal changes are usually held responsible, and in some cases these hormonal changes may be the culprits that got you the infection. With pregnancy the vaginal fluids experience a lot of chemical change, and these changes in the secretions can lead to yeast infections.

During pregnancy, your blood sugar levels are on a roller coaster ride, and these heavy variations in the blood sugar levels can promote the growth of yeast cells in the vagina. Yeast cells need sugar to feed on, and when your sugar levels are high, the yeast cells find a good breeding ground.

Yeast infections could result from vaginal douching, having sex and even as a result of taking some antibiotics.

A yeast infection during pregnancy may seem irritating, but it doesn’t really cause any harm to your pregnancy. Nevertheless, getting it treated in time is still important. The treatment for yeast infections isn’t the same when you are pregnant, as the regular treatment under normal circumstances.

Try not to use any over the counter medicating without getting the consent of your doctor. Your doctor is most likely to prescribe topical treatments only which come in the form of powders, creams and suppositories. Oral medication may be prescribed only in certain extreme cases, where the discomfort is heavy.

There are certain yeast infection treatment drugs, which will treat your infection without passing on to the baby inside your womb. And although some of these drugs are openly available without prescription, you must never take the risk of self medication when you are pregnant.

And lastly just remember that there is nothing at all to panic about a yeast infection, it won’t cause any harm to your baby or your pregnancy.