Common Infections In Pregnancy
The two most common types of infections during pregnancy are UTI (urinary track infection) and a yeast infection.
I had both, twice. It's uncomfortable and annoying, I know.
Can they harm the baby? A yeast infection cannot but a UTI can if left untreated.
However, a yeast infection can spread to the baby's mouth during delivery, causing thrush.
Symptoms for a yeast infection:
A white or yellowish discharge, redness, itching or irritation, and burning during urination or intercourse.
Treatments: You can purchase an over the counter cream such as Miconazole or Tioconazole (there are others). These are safe to use while pregnant.
Symptoms for a UTI: (Varying from woman to woman)
Burning sensation while urinating, frequent urination (more than you have since pregnancy), pain in your side, back, abdomen, or pelvic area; pressure in your lower pelvic area, and possible blood or odor in your urine.
Here are known ways of preventing a UTI:
1. Drink a lot of water to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.
2. Drink cranberry juice or eat blueberries to help prevent growth of bacteria.
3. Empty the bladder whenever you sense the urge (also before and after intercourse).
4. Wear cotton underwear, which doesn’t trap moisture.
5. Keep the vaginal region clean. Wipe from front to back after urination or a bowel movement. Wash near the rectum and vagina every day (also before and after intercourse).
If you have UTI or yeast infection symptoms, visit a hospital or your OBGYN. An antibiotic will be prescribed to you for treatment of a UTI.