A yeast infection (Candida) leads to the release of toxins in the bloodstream, which can affect the digestive, nervous, respiratory, endocrinal, urinary and reproductive organs in the body. High-sugar diets, smoking, food allergies and intolerances, diabetes, and pregnancy are considered to be the most prominent causes of Candida. While dietary changes are the most important part of any Candida treatment, oral and topical drugs are used for relief from inflammation and itching caused by the infection.
Vaginal yeast infections are one of the typical conditions that pregnant women face. Although yeast infections are common with women, especially pregnant women, doctors find it difficult to explain why. The normal suggestion is that pregnancy by itself reduces immunity to a point where microorganisms like Candida albicans are allowed to grow in excess.
There are a vast majority of women who gather information from unreliable sources and tend to self-medicate. Self-medication during pregnancy is never advisable. Women should be aware that all vaginal infections during pregnancy are not necessarily yeast infections; therefore, it is imperative to receive evaluation of the condition before taking any type of medicine.
A yeast infection on its own is not known to affect the baby, but pregnancy can limit the choice of drugs available for treatment. Yeast infection treatment during pregnancy is different from normal treatment for yeast infections due to the concerns about the fetus. For example:
- Certain drugs used for treating vaginal Candida are easily absorbed through the bloodstream and can cause harm to the fetus.
- A yeast infection in early pregnancy should be attended with the shortest possible treatment to avoid complications.
- Very old drugs like Mycostatin do not have a good success rate and may prolong treatment. Drugs like Diflucan, although highly successful, can interfere with normal embryonic development.
- Some of the topical medications expose the fetus to risks if used during the first trimester.
If vaginal Candida symptoms surface during early pregnancy, treatment should be completed within the earliest possible time. An herbal treatment, Gentian violet, is preferred over other treatments in early pregnancy to avoid exposing the baby to any risk.
Vaginal yeast infections are likely to recur during pregnancy, despite finding a Candida cure during early pregnancy. If it is present during childbirth, there is a strong possibility of it passing on to the child as oral thrush. The signs of thrush in newborns are reflected as white patches on the tongue.
Any excessive itching or redness in the vaginal area any time during pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor, as he or she is the right person to establish whether or not it is in fact a yeast infection or something else. Your doctor will help you to avoid unnecessary medication. You may also look for alternative therapies like homeopathy and home remedies that are totally safe and will not do any harm to the fetus.