Thursday, June 27, 2013

Got Yeast?

It's Hotlanta. And you're pregnant. Swollen feet, fingers too. Thermostat on 62; can't wait for the next electric bill. And you have an itch.

Yeast infections are common in pregnancy probably because the hormones that you are producing in large quantities are changing the normal environment in the vagina. When it's especially hot outside you tend to sweat and before you know it the pantyliner is wet; your panties are wet, everything is wet and yeast thrives in wet, dark and closed places. Sitting around in damp clothes, under ware and swimming suits further encourages the growth of yeast.

Yeast infections typically are characterized by itching, sometimes burning but mostly by a thick white vaginal discharge that may resemble cottage cheese and in copious amounts. Yeast infections generally have a yeasty smell.

If you are prone to yeast and you are POSITIVE that this is your predicament, go ahead and use a seven day course of over-the -counter yeast infection treatment. You can find Miconazole and Clotrimazole in any well- stocked pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist if you require help and please mention that you are pregnant.

If you have never had a yeast infection before, go to your provider for diagnosis and treatment, before you decide to treat yourself for yeast. Pregnancy brings with it  vaginal discharges that may not be yeast. You may even call the office and describe symptoms to the call nurse who can advise whether you should be seen or just go ahead and treat yourself. Don't assume because you are pregnant and have read that discharge is common that what you are experiencing is normal and not treated until you confirm with your providers.

But rest assured that if you have yeast. it is very safe to treat in any trimester of pregnancy. Don't encourage the growth. Change damp clothes promptly and stay cool. It's going to be a long, hot summer.