Yeast Infection While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Gynecologic Oncology
December 2, 2022
3 Min Read
Yeast Infection While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy is the time in a woman's life when yeast infections are most prevalent, especially in the second trimester. There may be more thin, white discharge coming out of you that has a strange odor. In the second trimester, this is a typical symptom that is prevalent.

The following information will help you be ready to talk to your doctor about the likelihood that you have a yeast infection while pregnant if you think you might be having one. Although yeast infections have little to no detrimental effects on pregnancy, they can be quite uncomfortable for you since they are frequently more difficult to manage when you are expecting. Don't put off getting help!

How to Treat a Yeast Infection While Pregnant

Only vaginal creams and suppositories are advised by medical professionals during pregnancy. Diflucan, an oral drug that comes in a single dose, is not safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is essential to speak with your doctor or pharmacist to determine which vaginal creams and suppositories are safe to use to treat a yeast infection while pregnant as not all of them are. Yeast infections can spread to your baby's mouth during birth if they are not addressed. Nystatin works well as a "thrush" treatment for this.

While you are pregnant, it could take 10–14 days to feel better or for the infection to fully go. It could be beneficial to apply a starch-free drying powder, such as Nystatin powder after the infection has subsided and any sores have healed to avoid a recurrence.

Yeast Infection Causes While Pregnant

The following list includes one or more potential causes of a yeast infection:

  • Alterations in hormones that occur during pregnancy or just before menstruation
  • Using hormones or contraceptives
  • Using steroids or antibiotics
  • Diabetes-related high blood sugar
  • Sex
  • Douching
  • Feces or blood

Why are Yeast Infections More Prevalent When a Woman is Pregnant?

Your body is now through a lot of changes, making it challenging for it to keep up with the chemical changes occurring in the vagina. Vaginal fluids include more sugar, which the yeast may feed on, leading to an imbalance and an overgrowth of yeast.

Yeast Infection Prevention

The following steps may typically be taken to prevent most yeast infections:

  • Wear cotton underwear and loose, airy apparel.
  • Utilize your blow dryer on a low, cool setting to assist in drying the exterior of your genital area after a routine, thorough cleaning (using an unscented, hypoallergenic, or mild soap).
  • After using the toilet, always wipe your hands from front to back.
  • After swimming, immediately take a shower. As soon as you can, change out of your swimsuit, gym attire, or other moist clothing.


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  • Use feminine care sprays
  • Utilize deodorant-infused tampons and sanitary pads.
  • Utilize scented soaps or take a bubble bath
  • Use toilet paper that is colorful or scented.

Know If You Have a Yeast Infection

A physician at your doctor's office or medical facility will take the discharge or vaginal secretions using a quick, painless swab and examine it under a microscope. Usually, a doctor can identify a yeast infection with a quick vaginal inspection. The culture could occasionally be submitted to a lab.

The Time to Call a Doctor

Call BASS Medical right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed in this article. Similar symptoms to other illnesses, such as STDs, can be seen in yeast infections. Every time you experience these symptoms, a proper diagnosis is essential for the most efficient, prompt yeast infection treatment. Otherwise, your illness can get worse or stay the same.

You should get in touch with us at BASS Medical once again if you don't see any change after three days, or if your symptoms get worse or return following therapy.