Most women want to treat a yeast infection while pregnant. During pregnancy, they go through a series of hormonal changes that will make their vaginas more conducive to the growth of Candida albicans and weaken their immune system. They usually experience a yeast infection at the 39th week of pregnancy.
When seeking treatment, they don’t have much choice when it comes to antifungals and antibiotics. Doctors are concerned that these drugs may pass undesirably to the fetus during pregnancy. So how do we get rid of a yeast infection that doesn’t affect the fetus while pregnant?
Doctors often prescribe standard medications for pregnant women with yeast infections, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaginal medications such as creams and vaginal suppositories are only recommended. You can use non-prescription azole drugs such as clotrimazole, miconazole, terconazole, butoconazole. However, you should avoid using oral medication. Doctors do not recommend a long course of treatment. This is to reduce the risk of exposure to the fetus.
However, many short courses of treatment do not produce satisfactory results. For this reason, doctors usually recommend a seven-day course of treatment. Always complete the course otherwise you may face recurrent yeast infection. Once healed, use a non-starchy drying powder or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurring infection.
You can try some natural remedies that can help keep your vagina dry. Never wear pantyhose or tight jeans. You should wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent moisture from accumulating near the perineum. Often pregnant women sweat more than usual. It is wise to bathe frequently and keep the vagina dry.
After moving or urinating, be sure to wipe from front to back. If you wipe from back to front, you can transfer some bacteria to the vaginal area. But when you reach the third trimester, you may find it difficult to do so due to the large stomach.
When using medication to treat a yeast infection while pregnant, always check with your doctor first, even if you have used it before. You want to make sure that the drugs do not pose any threat to the growth of the fetus.