THRUSH (Candida) In Pregnancy
Thrush in pregnancy is a very common problem among women. It is a fungal infection that is caused by a microscopic fungus (yeast) called Candida Albicans. During pregnancy, hormone (Estrogen) is causing an increase, a type of glycogen in your vagina. In another way, glycogen makes Candida grow, because she is feeding with sugars. That’s how Candida is growing and nestles on the walls of the vagina. But if you take antibiotics, then is more likely for a pregnant woman to have a thrush. Despites harmful bacteria the antibiotics kill the protective bacteria from the vaginal microflora. If you have existing diabetes or gestational diabetes that’s mean you have an excess of sugars in your blood. This makes it easier for the candida fungus to thrive,grow and spread.
Symptoms of Candida
In case of infection with Candida here are the most common symptoms:
- Itching and burning
- Pain and redness in the vagina
- Vaginal creamy discharge with white color
- The smell is like yeast
- It hurts when you have sex
- Feeling pain when you wee (when urine touches already exasperated parts)
- Sometimes it can occur swelling
Do I need to see a doctor?
Yes, immediately when you notice that you have thrush symptoms. The doctor can set diagnose and if it’s necessary he can take a vaginal swab and send it to a lab for further tests.
Your doctor will prescribe antifungal pessaries and creams that are suitable for your stage of pregnancy. You’ll need a week to 10 days to completely clean of thrush.
- Take probiotics supplements
- Always wear a cotton underwear
- Avoid products that can make irritation on your skin, like soaps, bubble baths, and scented soaps, use soap substitutes, non-bio product.
- Include live yogurt in your daily diet ( it can build immunity against thrush )
- Use whole peeled cloves of garlic in your cookingIf you concern about your baby don’t worry.Your unborn baby is safely sealed inside your uterus and won’t be affected. You may find that thrush comes and goes while you’re pregnant. It may take a while to clear up, and be a nuisance, but it isn’t anything to worry about.