Most women want to treat yeast infection when pregnant. During pregnancy, they undergo a number of hormonal changes that will make their vagina more conducive to the growth of Candida albicans and weaken their immune system. Usually they experience yeast infection at 39 weeks pregnant.
When seeking treatment, they don’t have many choices when it comes to anti fungal medications and antibiotic. Doctors are worried that these medications can pass on to the fetus which are not desirable during pregnancy. So, how to get rid of a yeast infection while pregnant that would not affect the fetus?
Doctors usually prescribe standard medications based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for pregnant women with fungal infections. Vaginal medications such as creams and vaginal suppositories are only recommended. You can use azole medications which require no prescription such as clotrimazole, miconazole, terconazole, and butoconazole. However, you should avoid using oral medications. The doctors don’t recommend long course of treatment. This is to reduce the risk of exposure to the fetus.
However, many short courses of treatment don’t produce satisfactory results. Thus, doctors usually recommend a seven-day treatment. Always complete the course or else you may face the recurring yeast infection. Once you are healed, use a starch-free drying powder or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurring infection.
You can try some natural remedies which can help to keep your vagina dry. Never wear pantyhose or tight jeans. You should wear loose clothing to prevent any moisture trap near the perineum. Usually pregnant women sweat more than usual. It is wise to bath often and keep the vagina dry.
After passing motion or urinating, make sure you wipe from front to back. If you wipe from back to front, you may transfer some bacteria to the vaginal area. However, when you reach the third trimester, you may find it is difficult to do so because of the big stomach.
When you using medications to treat yeast infection when pregnant, always check with your doctor first even you have used them before. You want to make sure that the medicines will not present any threat to the growth of the fetus.