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If I'm pregnant and I get a vaginal infection, should I worry about my baby too?

Most vaginal infections do not hurt the baby. Yeast infections during pregnancy do not normally travel up into the uterus to harm the baby in any way. Infection-related concerns are mainly about the discomfort of the mother due to itching, and soreness. For quite a while, OB practitioners (doctors who specialize in pregnancy) were fairly relaxed about the infection bacterial vaginosis (BV). But recent research has shown that BV increases the chances of pre-mature birth or miscarriages.

Pregnant women are ten times more prone to vaginal infections than women who are not expecting. At this time, high levels of pregnancy hormones are present, which tremendously disrupt the normal vaginal environment, making room for growth of bad bacteria. So if you're expecting a child, regularly visit your doctor for prevention or immediate cure of any vaginal infection.

Is it safe to take oral or topical medication for vaginal infection during pregnancy?

It will only be unsafe to take any kind of medication for vaginal infection during pregnancy if it was not recommended by your OBGYN (obstetrician-gynecologist). Once you suspect or know that you have a vaginal infection while pregnant, immediately visit your doctor so he or she can identify and diagnose it correctly, as well as direct you to the right kind and dosage of medication to use. Your doctor knows what's best for you because he or she understands your condition, as well as your baby's, more than anyone else.

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