Yeast infections are also referred to as monilial vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis. A yeast infection is formed by microscopic fungi and is a common condition in pregnant women. A certain amount of yeast can be found in the vagina. But when it grows faster than other competing organisms, it becomes a problem. Higher estrogen levels during pregnancy produce more glycogen, which makes it easier for yeast to grow in the vaginal walls. Symptoms include a vaginal discharge, itchiness, burning and redness.
A safe way for a pregnant woman to treat yeast infections is to use yogurt. According to MedlinePlus, yogurt contains live cultures and acidophilus, which promotes the growth of good bacteria that is helpful in treating yeast infections. The yogurt can either be consumed orally or applied directly to the vaginal area. If applying to the vagina, sufferers should use unflavored yogurt and freeze it into a tampon applicator. The tampon applicator containing yogurt can then be inserted into the vagina. This should be performed one to two times a day while symptoms still exist. A pad should be worn to capture any discharge.
According to MedlinePlus, garlic is another antifungal home remedy used to treat yeast infections. A fully peeled garlic clove can be inserted into the vagina before going to bed; it normally works its way out in the morning. If it doesn’t, it can also be pushed out of the vagina or taken out manually. Garlic can also be used as a supplement in gel cap form: the gel cap can be placed directly into the vagina and will dissolve on its own. Garlic should be avoided by individuals with any blood disorders, as it can increase bleeding.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
According to NaturalNews.com, apple cider vinegar has antifungal properties which make it a very effective and safe natural remedy to treat a yeast infection. A cup of apple cider vinegar can be added to bath water. Sufferers should soak in the apple cider vinegar bath water for at least 30 minutes. Dabbing the vaginal area directly with apple cider can provide some relief as well. Honey can also be applied to the vaginal area, then washed off after 20 minutes.