Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection, commonly known to be caused by Candida fungus. Majority of women are affected by this fungus at least once in their life. Thrush occurs in pregnant women as well, due to a number of changes taking place in their body, but this condition is not a concern and can be easily controlled.
This infection usually arises in women because of wearing fitted clothes or inner wear. You may also be affected with this condition, when you take antibiotics. Your body is subjected to rapid fluctuations in hormones during pregnancy. Increased production of estrogen increases the chances of developing vaginal thrush.
Thrush can be treated by medications, but you should not try to treat yourself when expecting. While the infection itself may not cause any issue, but taking any oral pills in pregnancy is not advisable, because these can interfere with baby’s development.
Thrush in pregnancy
The candida fungus usually stays in the vagina, where the usual vaginal bacteria controls it from increasing. When the balance is disturbed by the hormones or stress, this fungus can increase and you will have a white, semi-thick discharge with no smell. The fungus can make your vagina itchy and cause redness. You may have a burning sensation when you urinate or when you have intercourse.
However, you should know that this infection does not affect your pregnancy or baby in any way. If you are trying to conceive, having thrush does not decrease your chances of having a baby. Your baby is well protected within the womb throughout the pregnancy. Only in some rare cases, thrush infection gets passed on to your baby during delivery. Your doctor may prescribe a cream or tablets that can be inserted into the vagina to treat thrush.
Remedies to avoid and treat thrush in pregnancy
This yeast infection can be prevented from occurring in pregnancy, by following some simple precautionary measures.
- Wear comfortable, loose, preferably cotton clothes and cotton inner wear.
- Maintaining good hygiene is necessary, but avoid using intimate hygiene products, unless advised by your doctor. These can do more harm than any good.
- Avoid using products containing harsh chemicals, as these can cause irritation.
- You should avoid douching, as it can disrupt the pH balance of your vagina and lead to infection.
- Change your undergarments regularly and wash using hot water.