Infections in Pregnancy

Vaginal infections are not uncommon in women. Since women shy away from discussing their vaginal infection problems, they often get neglected. However, infections during pregnancy should not be ignored at any cost as its result could lead to severe pregnancy complications.

This blog helps understand the possible infections during pregnancy and seriousness for the same.

Vaginal infections during pregnancy: 

Some women are weaker with certain vagina infections during pregnancy. Hence, you may develop infections which can possibly cause pregnancy complications if neglected. If you have a small infection during pregnancy, you can show it to your healthcare provider to get it treated before the problem gets severe.

Following are the vaginal infections you must be aware of during pregnancy:

Yeast infection: 

Itchy vagina having a weird odor could have the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection. This is caused by Candida fungus which is more likely to occur during pregnancy due to causes such as hormonal changes, changed the immune system.

Watch out of the following symptoms of vaginal yeast infection: 

  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Burning while urinating
  • Bad odor from the vagina
  • Thick, cottage cheese-like discharge
  • Irritation around the vagina

Bacterial Vaginosis: 

Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal infection caused by certain bacterias. You should be aware of the following symptoms of BV infection:

  • A thin, grey discharge which is continuous
  • A bad odor that comes from the vaginal discharge
  • The increased bad odor after sexual activity
  • Burn, irritation and itching around the vagina

If ignored, the BV problem can grow bigger enough to cause pregnancy complications such as premature birth, preterm labor, birth complications, etc.

Group B Streptococcus: 

It is a group of bacteria which gets developed around the vagina. Though it comes and goes from the body, this type of bacterial infection is frequent. At times, it does not show any symptoms of infection, however, may be present in the vagina.

If not treated at the right time, the infection can pass it to the child in certain circumstances. Though it is a rare case, women must not ignore as its worse situations can lead to deadly results.

Uterine infections during pregnancy: 

This type of infection can be severe and more harmful than other types of infections. It may affect the placenta, thereby affecting the development of the baby. As a result, it can lead to abnormal births, premature labor or other such severe pregnancy complications. Some of the results could also be fatal.

Hence, it is advised that women who get any such vaginal infection should to get it treated at the earliest. Sine this type of infection does not show symptoms, a regular checkup can help understand the possible risks involved in the pregnancy.