Facts about thrush and pregnancy
Common among women, vaginal yeast infection – known as thrush – is mainly caused by the Candida fungus and affects 3 out of 4 women during their lifetime. Often developed as a result of taking medication or overly tight clothes and underwear, pregnant women can get thrush because of the rapid changes affecting their bodies. Hormonal imbalances, and especially the high level of oestrogen, increase the likelihood of developing vaginal thrush.
If you develop thrush during pregnancy or whilst trying for a baby, you should not worry. Here are some facts about thrush that every soon-to-become mother should know:
Although it may cause discomfort or pain during sex, thrush will not prevent you from getting pregnant
Thrush is not known to harm your unborn baby
In only around 2% of cases is thrush passed on to a baby during delivery
If passed on during delivery, thrush in babies is usually harmless, easy to spot and treat