Increased blood supply and hormones during pregnancy cause the vagina to increase its normal secretions and alter its chemistry (pH). This can create an ideal condition for the common vaginal infection, monilia (yeast), to grow.
To protect against yeast infection and vaginal discharge:
- Wear skirts rather than slacks.
- Wear 100 percent cotton underwear.
- Avoid douching during pregnancy unless advised by your healthcare provider.
- Call your healthcare provider if the discharge burns, itches, smells or causes genital swelling.
- Consider eating yogurt on a daily basis to increase the helpful bacteria in your system.
Pregnancy limits the choice of medications that are safe to use to treat yeast infections. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before using previously prescribed medication or over-the-counter remedies.