Yeast Infections During Pregnancy



When estrogen levels rise during pregnancy, they can throw the acid, bacteria, and yeast found in a healthy vagina out of balance.

Many women develop yeast infections at some point in their lives, but it's even more common for women to contract them when they are pregnant.

Pregnancy causes so many hormonal shifts in a woman’s body, so yeast infections are relatively normal. 

What is a Yeast Infection Anyway?

A yeast infection is a type of vaginitis that occurs from an overgrowth of a normal, microscopic fungus (which is a type of yeast) found in healthy vaginas. This type of infection can be found in both pregnant and non-pregnant women alike, though it's especially predominant in women during their second trimester of pregnancy.

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“Yeast infections develop the same in women who are pregnant and [in] those who are not,” said Dr. Camaryn Chrisman Robbins, MD, a Washington University OB/GYN at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. “These infections are caused by an overgrowth of candida — a naturally occurring yeast that flourishes in warm, moist environments.”

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