Symptoms and Treatment of Thrush in Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 08, 2013

Pregnant Woman in a fieldVaginal infections are quite common in pregnancy. One such infection is thrush, which is caused by a microscopic fungus or yeast called candida albicans. Men as well as women carry the fungus on and in our bodies. It is during pregnancy that the vagina becomes rich in a form of glucose named ‘glycogen’, a harbinger for the growth of candida albicans. A pregnant woman is ten times more likely to get thrush than normal as there is a higher level of glycogen owing to increase in oestrogen levels during the condition.


[Read: Health Precautions during Pregnancy]



Vaginal discharge which is more than usual is normal while a woman is expecting. If the discharge is thin and milky in colour, it is healthy. You may have thrush if:

  • the discharge being thick, white and creamy,
  • soreness, itching or redness in or around your vagina,
  • pain during intercourse,
  • pain when you pass urine and
  • a stinging or burning sensation on the labia during urination.

Sexually transmitted diseases such as bacterial vaginosis may have the thrush-like symptoms. Therefore, the only way to be sure of this is to get tested for all of these possibilities by a practitioner.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are a plenty of options to treat thrush. Health care provider will examine the region and may prescribe antifungal pessaries and creams keeping in mind your stage of pregnancy. These require a full, seven-day course of treatment to get rid of thrush. Besides prescribed pessaries, you may be given an applicator for inserting them in your vagina. Women must ascertain that they do not put pressure on cervix but gently put the pessary in place using your fingers.


[Read: Vaginal Yeast Infections and Breastfeeding]


Self-help Treatments

Some of the following remedies alleviate the discomfort caused by the condition.

  • Dab natural yoghurt into and around your vagina.
  • Wear cotton innerwear, loose trousers or a skirt.
  • Don’t have hot/warm baths, as moist environment worsens thrush.
  • Perfumed or bubble bath should be avoided as well.

Thrush doesn’t affect baby. However, there is a bleak chance that your baby will catch it if you have thrush when you go into labour. If a baby catches thrush, it becomes evident in the form of white patches in the baby’s mouth. The transmission isn’t serious complication as it is easily treatable. Thereafter, if you are breastfeeding, you and your baby will need treatment for thrush as it can spread to your breasts as well.



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