Candida and Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Yeast Infections
According to research, women who are pregnant are 2-to-3 times more likely to get a yeast infection than women who are not pregnant. Can the yeast infection impact the expectant mother or baby?
The main cause of infections in pregnant women is called Candida albicans or “white candida” and it is essentially a yeast fungus that leads to the infection called candidiasis or yeast infection. It can also be called thrush.
Why Does It Mostly Occur in Pregnant Women?
The reason why candidiasis occurs more often in women is because the woman experiences an increase of estrogen, which then alters the micro flora that is in the vagina. The result is an environment that is ideal for the growth of fungus. There is less acid in the vagina during pregnancy, which is why yeast likes it so much. A pregnant woman’s immune system is also depressed somewhat which allows the fungus in the vagina to grow out of control.
To diagnose a yeast infection, a physician must take a sample of the discharge from the vagina and examine it under a microscope. It can also be done through bacteriological sowing or DNA analysis, which is also called PCR.
Excessive yeast can impact the fetus in a variety of ways. It can get into the body systems and organs of the fetus, but typically it only impacts the skin, umbilical cord, oral cavity, and the bronchial and pulmonary systems. If there are significant amounts of fungus present, the results could be fatal for the infant.
How should yeast infections be treated when a woman is pregnant?
Many treatments available today only target the symptoms of a yeast infection and do not treat the underlying cause. The yeast can continue to grow in the woman’s body.
The fetus, when it passes through the vaginal opening, can be exposed to a yeast infection if it is present in the mother. This will cause oral thrush in the baby, which is characterized by white patches in the mouth and throat. The treatment for this should be administered by a physician.
You should always attempt to get rid of a yeast infection before you get pregnant. If you get a yeast infection while you are pregnant, you do not need to worry. There are many different remedies available for women who are pregnant. You can use homeopathic remedies or get prescriptions for vaginal suppositories or creams. You can also undergo ozone therapy.
Some of the medications available for women who are pregnant and have yeast infections include Pimafucin and Nistatin. These do not have any toxic effects on either the mother or the infant. However, Canesten, Nizoral, Clotimazol, Levorin, or Diflucan cannot be taken when pregnant because they get into the bloodstream of the infant.
It is also suggested that you eat well and avoid sugary foods, white flour, and acrid foods, and eat more veggies and whole grains.
If you are pregnant and suffering from a yeast infection, you should consult your doctor before choosing a course of treatment, even if you are going to use a natural remedy. This way, the doctor can ensure that you are doing the right thing for both you and your infant.