Thrush in Pregnancy
Many women find that they have an increase in vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea) during pregnancy due to an increase in blood supply to the vagina and hormone changes that soften and relax the area.
If you notice that your vaginal discharge is any colour other than clear or creamy white, has a strange smell to it or is accompanied by soreness or irritation, talk to your healthcare professional. This may indicate that you have a vaginal infection such as thrush. Thrush, or vaginal candidiasis, is a yeast infection caused by Candida albicans; it is recognised by a thick white discharge with itching and irritation in the vaginal area, and sometimes causes pain when you urinate. Hormone changes can encourage thrush during pregnancy.
Pregnant women may also suffer from swollen (varicose) veins in the vaginal opening (vulva), although this is rare.
Washing regularly (avoid using soap, which can make any irritation worse), wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight pants and trousers can help to keep your vaginal area fresh. You may also find panty liners useful. Furthermore, if you suffer from varicose veins of the vulva, it may help if you rest with your feet and pelvis slightly raised.
If you notice any bleeding in the vaginal area, contact your healthcare professional as it may be an indication of a miscarriage, placental problems or an ectopic pregnancy.
For more information about Thrush and how to relieve its symptoms, please visit www.Thrush.ie