Saturday, September 22, 2012

What Causes Yeast Infections – Pregnancy

Yeast infections can occur for many different reasons.  And it’s next to impossible to stay on top of the problem if we don’t know what causes yeast infections to begin with.  Over the next few days, we’ll be discussing some of the root causes that can lead to these stubborn infections.


PregnancyDue to the normal increase in estrogen levels, you are more likely to experience a yeast infection during pregnancy than almost any other time in your life.  Increased estrogen levels lead to increased glycogens (sugar) in vaginal secretions that adhere to the walls of your vagina.  This usually lead to a yeast overgrowth.

Yeast infections tend to show up around the second trimester of pregnancy.  If you notice a thin white discharge with an odd odor, you may well have an infection.  Though some discharge during pregnancy is normal, if the discharge increases or changes, you’ll want to check it out with your doctor to be on the safe side, as well as for your own peace of mind.

What causes yeast infections can be a bit more tricky to control during pregnancy, but these infections don’t necessarily have any negative impact on a pregnancy—other than the normal unpleasant symptoms they cause.

Since treating any infection or illness during pregnancy is potentially complicated, always consult with your doctor before self-treating a yeast infection.

DietSimple changes in your diet may help the problem.  Try eliminating sugar and complex carbohydrates from your diet.  Also, add a low sugar yogurt (with live acidophilus cultures) to your diet.  These changes alone could make a big difference.

Chlorella is a wonderful super food that aids in the cure of yeast infections.  Chlorella is rich in folic acid, improves hemoglobin levels more efficiently than iron supplements and may be useful to nursing mothers who are experiencing fatigue due to the loss of vitamins and nutrients through breastfeeding.  Chlorella may also prevent hemorrhaging at delivery by promoting healthy blood clotting properties.  Normal pregnancy symptoms including heart burn and constipation are usually made worse by iron supplements—chlorella gives the same benefits as iron pills but without the negative side effects.

Although chlorella has many curative properties and benefits for pregnant and nursing women, it’s a good practice to always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or medications.  You should also be sure to check the chlorella ingredient label for ginseng, ginko biloba or other herbs.  These added herbs should not be taken by pregnant women.

Stay tuned for “What Causes Yeast Infections – Parasites”…sounds appetizing, huh?
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