Pregnancy Over 40 and Yeast InfectionsI had one quick bout of a yeast infection during my successful pregnancy.
Actually, contrary to most articles I've read (which make it sound like if you have a yeast infection, you'll have symptoms), I had no idea. There are so many things that go on with your body when you're pregnant, you may miss it. My doctor identified mine during a routine prenatal visit and told me how to treat it. Yeast infections can be very common in pregnancy because you have higher hormone levels which may promote the growth of yeast. Here is an article that explains more:
From the article:
Yeast infections are a common type of vaginal infection that are particularly common in pregnant women. These infections — also called monilial vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis — are caused by microscopic fungi in the Candida family, most commonly Candida albicans.
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Your higher level of estrogen during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. Some researchers think estrogen may also have a direct effect on yeast, causing it to grow faster and stick more easily to the walls of the vagina.