Pregnancy and STDs

Leukorrhea, PUPPP, Yeast Infections

What's Going on Down There?

If you have... An odorless or mild-smelling milky discharge
It's probably... Leukorrhea, a discharge made of secretions from your cervix and vagina.
What to do... Let your doctor know about it at your next appointment (yes, it can wait) -- she may want to examine you to rule out other vaginal infections like BV.

If you have... Itchy pimple-like lesions on your butt
It's probably... Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), a rash that may develop in pregnant women, often in the third trimester.
What to do... Show your rash to your doctor at your next visit -- she'll probably prescribe topical medicines like steroid creams and/or an antihistamine.

If you have... Vaginal itching and/or burning
It's probably... A yeast infection (especially if it's accompanied by a thick and cheesy discharge) or a mild rash due to the vaginal swelling that occurs in pregnancy.
What to do... Call your doctor. She'll probably still want to see you to rule out an STD like trich or BV. If it's a yeast infection, she'll prescribe a topical cream or recommend an over-the-counter treatment. Wearing cotton underwear and soaking once or twice a day in an oatmeal milk bath may bring relief.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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