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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

Yup, you guess it. You're more prone to yeast infections now that you're pregnant. So how can you prevent them -- and treat any you still happen to get? We've got all the answers.

What is a yeast infection during pregnancy?

A yeast infection is a vaginal infection that’s caused by an overgrowth of yeast. “Our bodies are covered in yeast,” says Rebecca Kolp, MD, an ob-gyn at Massachusetts General Hospital. Most of the time, the “good” bacteria in our bodies keeps yeast in check. Sometimes, though, the yeast takes hold, proliferates and grows out of control, and you get a nasty infection (sorry!).

What are the signs of a yeast infection during pregnancy?

Vaginal itching, redness and irritation. Women with a vaginal yeast infection also typically notice heavy, cottage-cheese-like vaginal discharge.

Are there any tests for a yeast infection during pregnancy?

Most docs can identify a yeast infection with a vaginal exam. If your OB is unsure, she may also swab the discharge and send it to the lab for analysis.

How common are yeast infections during pregnancy?

You’re not alone! Yeast infections are super-common during pregnancy, especially during the second trimester.

How did I get a yeast infection during pregnancy?

Pregnancy depresses your immune system, which makes you more prone to yeast infections, Kolp says. Gestational diabetes can also increase the risk of yeast infection.

How will a yeast infection affect my baby?

It won’t. You’ll probably be uncomfortable for a while, but your baby will be just fine, as long as you get treatment (see next page for treatments).

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink

 

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