I have two yeast infections since I’ve been pregnant and I am now 34 weeeks but before I got pregnant, I’ve never had one before, why is that?”
One word: sugars. Yeast infections caused by an imbalance between the acid levels in your vagina and the usually friendly organisms that live there. During pregnancy, your body temperature is slightly elevated and your discharge contains more sugar, two factors that help the yeast to grow. That growing causes itching and irritation. Yes, it’s gross and annoying, but treated promptly a yeast infection doesn’t appear pose any harm to you or your baby, just discomfort for you.
If you think you have a yeast infection call your health care provider. They may want to see you in the office to confirm your self-diagnosis, or may recommend or prescribe a treatment over the phone (usually a seven-night course of terconazole cream and lots of probiotics.) To help avoid getting a third yeast infection, try consuming a serving of pro-biotic foods every day, like yogurt with live cultures. Cut the sugar and simple carbohydrates in your diet, wear cotton underwear and avoid long warm baths, wearing tight pants and thong underpants.