I am 13 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and for some reason I keep getting yeast infections. Is this normal? I have my first appointment coming up in a few days, but I'm getting a little worried. If possible can you give me some advice. Thank you
You may want to change your diet. Yeasty beasties LOVE sugar in all its forms -- the obvious sweets, but also fruit, dairy and carbohydrates, like pasta, rice, potatoes, and cereal. I'm assuming that you have been treated (unsuccessfully).
For about a week, try concentrating on proteins and vegetables, with as few sugars as you can manage. Treat the infection while on this diet, and you may be able to kick it. Other good suggestions are to take acidophilus and/or eat yogurt with live cultures (check the package) that week. Good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.