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Yeast infections are very common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes causes an increase of sugar in vaginal secretions, making the vagina a perfect environment for yeast to grow. Symptoms include a discharge (usually white), redness, itching, and burning.
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Yogurt for Yeast Infection in Pregnancy
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to other infections so it is important to be properly diagnosed before treating.
Yogurt is a safe and effective way to treat a yeast infection during pregnancy. It must be plain yogurt that contains live and active cultures.
Before going to bed, insert the yogurt (about 1-2 ounces) into your vagina using a syringe and spread some yogurt directly on the external area of the vagina. You can wear a light pad for leakage, but avoid ones that are deodorized.
Eating yogurt will also help treat and prevent yeast infections.
If there is no improvement in three days or if your symptoms worsen, consult your health care provider.
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Preventing a Yeast Infection
Do not douche during pregnancy. In fact, you should never douche because this can disrupt the delicate balance in the vagina and force organisms up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Besides, douching is unnecessary because secretions in the vagina keep it clean.
Keep the external area of your vagina clean. Bathe at least once a day and after strenuous workouts but do not over wash. Too much washing can be just as bad as not washing enough. Use only warm water and soap (free of harsh additives) when washing your vaginal area.
Avoid feminine products, like hygiene sprays, that contain chemicals. These can lead to irritation, an allergic reaction, or a yeast infection.
Wear cotton underwear. Cotton allows the vaginal area to "breathe" and also absorbs moisture (yeast thrives in moist environments).
Avoid wearing tight clothing, including pantyhose, leotards, and tight pants.
Always wipe from the front to the back after using the bathroom.
Avoiding perfumed toilet tissue, bubble baths, and harsh laundry detergents are other ways to prevent a yeast infection during pregnancy.
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