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Are yeast infections common during pregnancy?

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How common is it for a woman to develop a yeast infection during pregnancy?

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Vaginal discharge is very common during pregnancy as a result of increased hormonal activity and pelvic pressure. Most women will notice a white, milky discharge that does not have a foul odor. This is called leukorrhea, and as the due date gets closer the discharge becomes more and more profuse. Although it may be bothersome, this type of discharge is a normal part of pregnancy and does not indicate an infection. However, if the discharge becomes yellowish or greenish, is thicker and has a cheesy appearance, develops a foul odor, or is accompanied by itching, burning, soreness, or redness, then it is a sign of an infection. Bacterial infections are usually treated with vaginal suppositories, creams, or ointments, inserted with an applicator. One specific type of infection is a yeast infection, which is more likely during pregnancy because the increased acidity of vaginal secretions during pregnancy favors the development of the monilia (yeast) bacteria. Yeast infections need to be treated with medication so you won't pass the infection to your baby during the birth. The baby would develop the yeast infection in the form of thrush in his mouth. This is not dangerous to the baby and is easily treated should it occur. Some women feel more comfortable wearing a light pad or panty liner during pregnancy because of the increased discharge. Don't use tampons, because they could introduce bacteria into the vagina. Keep the genital area clean and dry. Underwear with a cotton crotch is better for this purpose. Avoid tight clothing or pantyhose. Douching is not recommended unless prescribed by your care provider. Be sure you always wipe from front to back after using the bathroom so that you don't introduce bacteria into the vagina. It has also been found that including yogurt in your diet every day can reduce the incidence of vaginal infections.

 
 
 
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Yeast infections
What kind if yogurt or does it matter?

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