Yeast is a fungus that is commonly found in the vagina and gastrointestinal tract. When there is an overgrowth of yeast, it can cause an infection. Pregnant women are more susceptible to yeast infections due to the increased levels of estrogen in their bodies. Other factors that can contribute to a yeast infection include diabetes, high blood sugar, and taking antibiotics.
Yeast infections are very common during pregnancy, but luckily there are some natural ways to treat them. Please consult your doctor before taking any oral medications, as they are generally not safe for pregnant women. Some tips for treating yeast infections naturally are to avoid sugary foods, take a probiotic supplement, and wear loose-fitting clothing.
There are many ways you can treat yeast infections during pregnancy naturally. Some home remedies include eating yogurt, applying coconut oil to the affected area, and taking probiotics. You can also try using essential oils such as tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, you should speak to your healthcare provider.
2. When you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat foods that are rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus. This friendly bacteria exists naturally in our bodies and provides a number of benefits, including reducing the amount of yeast in the body, boosting the immune system, and helping to balance cholesterol levels. L. Acidophilus is also great for helping to prevent urinary tract infections and ulcers. You can find this friendly bacteria in yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi.
3. Aside from eating foods rich in L. acidophilus, taking a probiotic supplement is very beneficial, especially if you have been on antibiotics. You can also use a liquid form of a probiotic and use it as a suppository to naturally help treat vaginal yeast. Saturate a light tampon with the liquid probiotic, insert and leave it in for 2–3 hours. This is completely safe for pregnant women as a means to treat vaginal yeast during pregnancy. I also recommend douching with a vinegar and water solution, as it is a natural antifungal.
4. To make a natural suppository using antifungal extracts and oils, add 10–20 drops of oil or extract to 2 cups of water. Two of the most effective extracts are tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract.
5. If you’re pregnant and looking for a safe way to kill any pathogenic vaginal organisms, hydrogen peroxide may be the answer. You can buy 3% hydrogen peroxide at most drug stores; it comes in a dark brown bottle. Fill a small cup with a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide, and then fill a syringe with it. If you’re experiencing extreme irritation, you can dilute the hydrogen peroxide with one or two parts water; otherwise, there’s no need to dilute it. When you’re in the shower or over the toilet, take your time and insert the hydrogen peroxide slowly and gently.
There are many natural therapies that can be effective for treating PCOS, but if some of them are not working for you, I highly recommend working with a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic doctors are trained in natural medicine and can often find solutions that are not obvious to the average person. A naturopathic doctor may be able to provide a natural solution that is effective if you have underlying health problems like diabetes.