Complications Affecting Baby?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm 25 years old and have always been very healthy. Currently I am 25 weeks pregnant and have already had two yeast infections (treated with Monistat 7), a bout of Bacterial Vaginosis (that was treated with Flagyl), and now due to the antibiotics I have Thrush, and possibly another yeast infection that I am waiting to confirm with the doctor tomorrow.

I'm really concerned about preterm labor and/or all of these issues effecting the baby. Is it possible that these issues will impact the baby? What should I be concerned with?

ANSWER

It is unlikely that you will have a problem with preterm labor if your infections are getting treated. It is normal to be concerned, but in this case, I think the risks are very small from these causes. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

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.