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Pregnancy and Yeast Infection: What's SAFE for You and Your Baby

May 15, 2008
In this discussion, an ex yeast infection sufferer and qualified nutritionist exposes the inner factors that make for yeast infections, the causes behind its occurrence and how to get rid of this medical condition securely and effectively. Prior to discussing the complex links between the likelihood of contracting Candida infections and pregnancy, we'll take a brief look at the immediate physiological reasons for this medical yeast infection ailment. However the question remains, does pregnancy make a woman's body even more liable to contract yeast infections? Many women about to give birth are concerned about this. The truth is that Candida infection is twice as likely during pregnancy compared to situations without childbearing.

Yeast infection in the vagina is characterized by thick, white vaginal discharge with the appearance of cottage cheese and discomfort while having sex. Almost three-quarters of women in western nations will be afflicted by this kind of infection once in their lifetime and many of them will have to continue enduring chronic Candida infections. As a matter of fact, Candidiasis, or yeast infection, is a fungal infection appearing locally or systemically with particular impact on women in western countries. The most frequent kind of yeast infection is vaginal infection of which the typical symptoms include a burning feeling and itching especially around the vaginal area.

Yeast means single-celled fungi in medical terms. The common name, Candida, applies to the variety of fungi often to be found in the human body, also under normal conditions. Candida exists to some degree in the genital and intestinal tracts of most people, but fungal overgrowth can generate painful and impacting symptoms as well as severe health complications.

As with many other ailments medically speaking, Candida overgrowth comes about via a number of factors and related elements and their interaction. Different aspects which may be internal, external, related to lifestyle or psychological then directly or indirectly form the environment in which Candida multiplication happens.

In pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes changes in stages on hormonal, physiological and psychological levels. These alterations contribute significantly to excessive Candida multiplication and the concomitant symptoms. Pregnancy-induced hormonal changes alter the vaginal environment and make fungi more likely to multiply. In addition, emotional instability experienced by many women during pregnancy and while expecting a child may cause stress that degrades the immune system and opens the door to yeast overgrowth. Pregnant women also often develop cravings for sugar-rich or white flour containing foods. As it is customary to allow or even to encourage pregnant women to yield to their cravings, these sugars and refined carbohydrates contribute further to yeast overgrowth fuelled by sugary environments.

Ignoring Candidiasis can lead to systemic infection by yeast, with significant negative effects on a woman's quality of life and general well being. Since pregnant women are not allowed to use many of the antifungal medications or antibiotic treatments, it is important to find another solution for candidiasis during this moment of childbearing. Finding a remedy for candidiasis in expecting women is crucial, because otherwise infection can pass from the mother to her baby through the birth canal while pregnant or at childbirth, or afterwards via breast-feeding.

The holistic approach using dietary and lifestyle changes and eliminating toxins, can halt all types of yeast infection and also prevent their recurrence safely and effectively for pregnant women and the children that they are carrying. Did you hear about the all-natural holistic methods that can be used to cure yeast infections permanently and safely? Pregnant women who want a complete and permanent solution to candidiasis can use holistic methods to free themselves of this ailment by taking a selection of specific home remedies to alleviate the symptoms and by observing holistic all natural guidelines that go right to the heart to tackle the underlying problem.
About the Author
Linda Allen is a health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book Yeast Infection No More . To Learn More About Pregnancy and Yeast Infection Visit: Pregnancy and Yeast Infection
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