As you know, during pregnancy you must never take any chances with either your or your baby's health. And the same goes when you have a yeast infection. At the first signs of an infection you must attend your doctor for diagnosis and advice. Once having been diagnosed as having the infection, you can now determine, with your doctor, the best treatment ie the safest treatment, for you and your baby.
The first thing to note is that having such an infection during pregnancy is very common. There is not anything to feel ashamed or worried about. And it occurs because one of the major underlying causes of yeast infections is hormonal imbalance, which is natural when you're pregnant. And, you may well be eating more than normal, especially carbohydrates and sugar, which again can trigger infections because high blood sugar is another major cause of yeast infections.
The question that most parents have in their mind when it comes to treatment during pregnancy is the thought of possible damage to the baby through drugs. As I said at the start, talk to your doctor about this and be guided by them. But do not be afraid to voice your fears and concerns about drug-based treatment during pregnancy. And ask about potential natural yeast infection treatment options.
Here are 5 natural home remedies for yeast infections during pregnancy that you can talk to your doctor about …
1. Use natural yogurt to help fight the Candida albicans fungi – their overgrowth causes yeast infection symptoms – in your gut and at the locally affected area. But it needs to be plain, un-sweetened yogurt with no added fruit. Check that the label states that it contains live, active cultures.
2. Avoid sugar in your diet; for example, all sugars, artificial sweeteners, cakes, sweets, ice-creams, chocolate, honey, syrups, baked beans, tinned fruit, dried fruits, etc. You get the picture I think.
3. Avoid refined carbohydrates. These eventually break down into sugar so pose the same problem. These are things like white flour, white rice, bread-crumb coatings, custard powder, refined breakfast cereal, baked beans (again), corn flour, etc. Instead, eat brown rice, oats, barley, rye bread, rye biscuits, polenta, etc.
4. Wear loose-fitting clothes, especially underwear, that are made from natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen, etc. Tight clothes that do not allow an area such as your crotch to breathe, can help the Candida fungi to grow there, because the fungi love warm, moist, dark areas. Nylon tights should be avoided.
5. Lose the stress! Another major trigger for yeast infections is a lowered immune system. And continual stress is known to help lower your immune system. So you need to get plenty of rest, use relaxation exercises, get the rest of the family to take some of the load off of you, listen to relaxing music, and so on.
These are just 5 pretty simple yeast infection treatments during pregnancy. But there are many other things to take into consideration which, unfortunately, we do not have time to go into here, but see below …