Home Remedies for Yeast Infections in Pregnancy
Our intimate area is very delicate, so when some external or internal factors such as the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy alter vaginal flora, we become more prone to fungal and bacterial infections. Candidiasis, also known as thrush or yeast infection, is one of the most common, produced by the increase in the Candida fungus and featuring troublesome symptoms which are important to tackle quickly to ensure maximum comfort, especially during pregnancy.
Although it is best to go to your gynaecologist for proper medical treatment, some natural solutions can alleviate the symptoms. In this OneHowTo article we give several home remedies to tackle yeast infections during pregnancy.
Candida is a fungus that is present in small quantities in our intimate area, helping to maintain the balance of the vaginal flora. But the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause the pH of this area to be altered, making it become more prone to fungal growth. Similarly, during this phase our defences are low and this may also increase the risk of candidiasis in pregnancy.
The fastest way to eliminate candidiasis is by visit your gynaecologist and receiving the right treatment. Because of the pregnancy, it is important that you do not self medicate, especially the intake of oral pills. Expert advice before taking any drug is essential.
Natural solutions take time to work, so if you opt for them you should have patience.
One of the best known home remedies for candidiasis in pregnancy is tea tree oil. You should dilute 3 drops of this oil in 200 ml of mineral water.
Apply the mixture before going to bed in the vaginal area making use of a needleless syringe, you must leave it to act all night and repeated the next day. The recommendation is to apply this twice daily for 5 days. You can also apply a drop of tea tree oil in your underwear to relieve the discomfort.
Apple cider vinegar is an ideal ingredient to inhibit the growth of Candida and improve candidiasis in pregnancy. You can purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar, preferably not pasteurized and of high quality for best effects.
Mix one cup of this vinegar with water in the bathtub or bidet or a clean container and dip the vaginal area in it for 15 minutes a day.
For more information, check out the article how to treat a yeast infection with apple cider vinegar.
Yoghurt and kefir are the probiotic foods par excellence, thanks to their content of bacteria that helps balance the intestinal and vaginal flora. Buy some yoghurt with lactobacillus, such as those sold to boost the immune system, and apply a little with the needleless syringe in the vaginal area and leave to act overnight. Make sure that the yoghurt does not contain any sugar as sugar will make the infection worse.
Repeat 2 times a day for 5 days to favour the balance of your vaginal flora and reduce discomfort.
During pregnancy it is possible to ingest probiotics to boost the immune system and to improve bacterial flora. The lactobacillus, which contains beneficial bacteria that helps overcome candidiasis, is safe to consume during pregnancy. You can check with your pharmacist and incorporate it into your diet routine.
Besides these natural remedies for thrush during pregnancy, it will be necessary to carry out changes in your diet to reduce the presence of the fungus and improve your health. While you still suffer the symptoms of the yeast infection it is important that you avoid the intake of the following foods:
- Fermented products of any type
- Foods with yeast such as bread, flour, rice and pasta
- Tubercles such as potatos, yucca and sweet potato
- Sugar and foods with sugar
- Any type of mushrooms
- Peanuts and pistacchios
Meanwhile it is beneficial to increase the intake of other foods that help fight fungus, for example:
- Soy milk, rice or spelt.
- Fish, meat and eggs.
- Olive oil
- Stevia and other substitutes to replace sugar.
It is also important to take steps to avoid suffering often from this condition during pregnancy. To do so, make sure your genital area is always clean and dry. If you are sweating or if your underwear becomes damp for whatever reason, change it right away. Also, always thoroughly clean your vagina after sexual intercourse or after working out.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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