If you are pregnant and experience symptoms such as abundant discharge, itching and irritation, you should talk to your doctor or midwife, who will examine your case and prescribe the right therapy.

It is not uncommon for women to experience far more vaginal discomforts during pregnancy than at any time before or after that. The changes that our bodies go through during development and growth of the foetus and during breastfeeding are mostly governed by hormonal levels and have an impact on every aspect of our lives.

Nausea, weight gain and forgetfulness are discussed at great length among future mums, but few women talk about the vaginal itching and irritation that can be a real problem during pregnancy. But even though vaginal irritations can be recurring and annoying, more often than not, there is usually no risk for either the mother or the baby. If you have a yeast infection when you go into labour, there is a chance the baby will contract it and develop an infection in the mouth.

If you are pregnant and experience symptoms such as abundant discharge, itching and irritation, you should talk to your doctor or midwife, who will examine your case and prescribe the right therapy.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast overgrowth?

The symptoms can be:

Sometimes, some of these symptoms can appear in other conditions, if you are unsure about your symptoms or if they are not relieved with treatment, it is important that you contact your doctor or midwife to discuss your symptoms.

Recurring vaginal yeast infection during pregnancy

Sometimes, regardless of the therapies prescribed, and due to the changed level of hormones, pregnant women will experience thrush repeatedly. Candida albicans, the micro-organism responsible for most cases of thrush can even become resistant to antimycotic therapy.

A prebiotic therapy can offer some support for the vaginal flora, but in most cases can’t deal with the infection on its own. If you find yourself in this situation, the only thing left to do is to relieve the symptoms, until after giving birth, and the hormones are back to “normal”. This can be done by using over-the-counter sprays or gels which cool down the skin and stop the itching and burning sensation. However, every pregnancy is different, and you should consult a healthcare professional before deciding to use any product in your intimate area.

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