How do you prevent a yeast infection during pregnancy?


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According to WebMD, yeast infections are common during pregnancy due to elevated estrogen levels. To prevent yeast infections, women should practice good hygiene by keeping vaginal areas clean, wiping from front to back after using the bathroom, wearing cotton underwear, avoiding tight clothing including tight jeans and pantyhose, changing out of a swimsuit immediately after swimming, changing pads and tampons often, and avoiding the use of douches or scented tampons.

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WebMD states that if a woman experiences symptoms of a yeast infection during pregnancy, she should not necessarily assume it is a yeast infection. The symptoms could indicate other conditions that are potentially harmful to the fetus such as sexually transmitted infections or bacterial vaginosis.

WebMD also recommends that women see a doctor before treating a yeast infection during pregnancy. Non-prescription yeast infection medication must not be used by pregnant women without consultation of a doctor, as only certain medications are safe for use during pregnancy. WebMD advises using clotrimazole, miconazole, terconazole or butoconazole. The treatment should continue for seven days, which is typically longer than treatment for women who are not pregnant. Because yeast infections commonly reoccur, it is important for pregnant women to be diligent in taking preventative measures against future yeast infections.

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