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Thrush in Pregnancy?

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Mermaidmagic Fri 15-Jan-16 18:32:01

Hi all.

This may be a little TMI but for the past couple of days, I've been itching like crazy down there. As a result, the area is sore, swollen, raw and I am struggling to sleep at night. I have a young DS to look after and I'm currently 29 weeks pregnant. I'm pretty sure it's thrush. Is there anything I can use to get rid of the itching sensation? I've tried yoghurt with no luck. I've seen a few creams etc in pharmacies, some of which say they're okay to use during pregnancy but I'm a little sceptical.

I can't see the doctor until Monday, so is there anything which could help me make it through the weekend. My DS is still waking during the night, so this along with not being able to sleep in between due to constant soreness/itching is making me exhausted.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

ButterIsAngelSpunk Fri 15-Jan-16 18:37:16

I had recurring bouts of thrush in pregnancy due to hormonal changes - it's an absolute nightmare, especially as bump gets bigger and it becomes more difficult to reach down there!! I always used Canesten gel pessaries together with the cream. No problems at all.

MeganChips Fri 15-Jan-16 18:43:24

I had this too and the canes tan pessaries are fine to use while pregnant.

It's so common I was prescribed a job lot of them in one go.

Have the pessaries, they are safe in pregnancy and it's far better than suffering.

MeganChips Fri 15-Jan-16 18:44:11

Canesten even!

SerenityReynolds Fri 15-Jan-16 18:45:30

Used the pessary here too when the cream wouldn't clear it.

fluffypenguinbelly Fri 15-Jan-16 18:51:02

Did you eat the yogurt with live cultures in. I had thrush a few weeks ago and was sceptical at first. First two days nothing changed. By the third day it was almost better. Day 4 gone. I did eat a whole large pot a day!

MazzleDazzle Fri 15-Jan-16 18:52:18

Yuk! Thrush in pregnancy is awful. I've had it so many times. I'm pregnant for the third time and I've been plagued with it again!

Canesten Pessery and Cream def. safe to use, though some pharmacies will only give it to pregnant women with a prescription. (I send in a friend!)

I've also used a tampon with a dozen drops of tea tree on the tip. Neutralises the PH level and settles everything down.

Avoiding sugar and bread helps too and I've been taking grapefruit seed extract, which I must admit has definitely helped.

Good luck.

sepa Fri 15-Jan-16 19:14:00

I read on here that coal soap works. Should be able to get it from tesco or similar. Not tried it myself tho

Soooosie Fri 15-Jan-16 19:14:11

Just call the out of hours GP or the midwife unit. Get it sorted ASAP. It's exhausting

Mermaidmagic Fri 15-Jan-16 19:45:32

Thanks everyone for the advice smile. I will try all of the suggestions and see if it eases any, if not I'm going to have to see someone about it asap. It's driving me crazy!

magpie17 Fri 15-Jan-16 20:22:37

I had it FOUR times during pregnancy! You can be prone to it apparently.

It's also a marker for Group B strep (according to my MW) so make sure you get tested. I did at 24 weeks and again at 37.

magpie17 Fri 15-Jan-16 20:23:25

Oh, the pessary works fine but a pharmacist won't sell it to a pregnant woman, it has to be prescribed.

SarfEast1cated Fri 15-Jan-16 20:26:36

God yes - canesten - I suffered with it the whole time - horrible.

ispymincepie Fri 15-Jan-16 21:00:26

Pessary and cream to clear it but then I find taking Acidophilus capsules from the health food shop keep it at bay. They're basically the good bacteria found in live yogurt but in concentrated form.

Paperblank Fri 15-Jan-16 21:08:19

As others have said get someone to get you the canesten pessary and cream. In fact DH bought it off the shelf in Tesco last time IIRC. I think it was about £12.00 but I'd have paid twice that rather than wait to see a GP for a prescription!

I've had it twice now it is truly horrible - I sympathise OP flowers

Mermaidmagic Fri 15-Jan-16 21:22:38

DP has gone out and bought home canesbalance which comes with individual tubes. Is this the right stuff? He said he didn't know which to get, so he just bought this.

ButterIsAngelSpunk Fri 15-Jan-16 21:35:35

Canesbalance is for bacterial vaginosis, not thrush. Send him back out!

kamillaw Fri 15-Jan-16 21:35:57

Not sure if that's not a preventative one? What does the canesten website say? Didn't know that about group B strep?

magpie17 Fri 15-Jan-16 21:45:23

I didn't know about the group B strep thing either, apparently recurring thrush in pg can be indicative of it. My GP did my first test and the MW did the second, both were negative though.

Mermaidmagic Fri 15-Jan-16 21:48:07

DP has gone back out (he offered, honest!) and I've sent him a picture of the canesten pessary from their website. Bless him, he was trying to help and he felt bad when he got home and I told him that he had bought the wrong sort.

magpie17 Fri 15-Jan-16 22:29:44

Make sure he doesn't tell them it's for a pregnant woman - my DH did a X they wouldn't sell it!

seven201 Fri 15-Jan-16 23:01:22

When pregnant you're told to insert the pessary with your finger not the applicator. If it doesn't go use another one in a couple of days. My gp prescribed me 3 pessaries and told me to use them on consecutive days as nothing would shift it.

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