Thrush is a very irritating fungal infection that affects the vulva and vagina. It is very common in pregnancy due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy, and occurs in many pregnant women. While there are a few things that women can do to minimise or prevent it, once a woman has it, it can be difficult to treat without medication.
Some suggestions for preventing thrush include:
- Wearing cotton, breatheable underwear
- Minimising your intake of sugar and sweet foods, including limiting fruit to two pieces per day
- Avoiding soap and washing with water
- Avoiding wearing tight jeans
- Wiping from front to back after using the toilet
- Eating natural yoghurt
If thrush is a concern, treatment is available over-the-counter from the chemist.
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