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Published on Thursday, October 08, 2015

Ask the OB-GYNs: Yeast Infection Symptoms and the Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

This week Laura Donnelly, MD, and Erin DuMontier, MD, both specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at OB-GYN Associates of St. Louis, discuss the symptoms of a yeast infection and whether or not you should get a flu shot if you are pregnant.

How do I know if I am getting a yeast infection?

Dr. Donnelly says, "A yeast infection is caused by a fungus which is normally found in the vagina, but has overgrown. It is one of the most common vaginal infections. The most common symptoms are burning, itching and irritation of the vulva and vagina. Women will also have a thick, white, lumpy discharge that does not have an odor." 

How are yeast infections treated?

Dr. Donnelly says, "Yeast infections can be treated with oral medication or medication in the vagina. There are over-the-counter medications available that are effective for treating yeast infections, but often when a woman thinks she has a yeast infection it is due to another cause. It is worthwhile to talk to your provider before using these medications."

It's that time of year, should pregnant women receive the flu vaccine?

Dr. DuMontier says, "Both the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that ALL pregnant women receive the flu vaccine unless they have some other contraindication. The flu vaccine is by far the best way to prevent the seasonal flu and has been safely used for decades."

Which flu vaccine should I get if I am pregnant?

Dr. DuMontier says, "It is important to know that there are two types of flu vaccines and pregnant women should not receive the live flu virus (nasal mist), but should instead receive the inactivated virus (flu shot). The most recent strain of H1N1 flu was especially dangerous for pregnant women who sometimes require admission to the ICU in hospitals for treatment. The flu vaccine not only protects infants in the womb, but can also protect babies once they are born for up to 6 months as the mother’s protective antibodies circulate in the child’s bloodstream. Talk to your OB-GYN about the risks and benefits of the flu vaccine during your pregnancy."


Laura Donnelly, MD, and Erin DuMontier, MD, are a part of BJC Medical Group and on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. They practice at the Sunset Hills location of OB-GYN Associates of St. Louis, located at 3844 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 235, Sunset Hills, MO. To make an appointment or find out more about them, please call (314) 725 -9300 or book online for Dr. Donnelly here >>  or Dr. DuMontier here >> 

To read other FAQs from the OB-GYNs, like pregnancy and you and your baby, click here.

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