Most doctors do not recommend using betadine during pregnancy, because they fear that iodine, which is part of the drug, can affect the normal functioning of the thyroid gland of the future baby. Other doctors in their practice use betadine, appointing it to pregnant women. However, this is done with extreme caution and under the supervision of a doctor.
During the period of gestation, the woman's immunity decreases and any microorganism that could not cause an inflammatory reaction before the pregnancy due to optimal immune protection can lead to inflammation of the genitals, for example, to vaginosis, vaginitis, candidiasis (thrush). Overcooling, exacerbation of chronic diseases, uncomfortable underwear, improper compliance with personal hygiene rules - all these are risk factors for the development of the disease during pregnancy.
Depending on the period of pregnancy, the risk of undesirable effects of the drug on the development of the fetus varies. The first trimester includes the period of laying down and differentiating the organs and systems of the child. This is the initial stage of the formation of a new organism. Since the thyroid gland is still absent at this time, the use of betadine is for the most part safe.
In the second trimester of pregnancy, the period of the laying of organs and systems comes to an end, their full formation takes place, including the thyroid gland. Therefore, starting from the fourth month, doctors are trying not to introduce betadine into the list of prescriptions for pregnant women.
In the third trimester of pregnancy, the use of betadine is also not recommended. However, each individual case must be considered. If the risk of negative consequences of the disease in a woman exceeds the risk of betadine exposure to the fetus, the drug may be prescribed, but with great care. It is necessary to conduct control studies of the development of the thyroid gland in a child: its size and functioning.
A month before the birth of the child, his thyroid gland begins to produce thyroid hormones, and the placenta becomes a barrier to the intake of these hormones of the mother's body to the fetus.
The drug betadine is effective in the form of suppositories with urogenital infections of pregnant women, which can be dangerous for the development of the fetus. He can be prescribed to treat thrush in the future mother.
If a pregnant woman gets angina, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, a solution of betadine can help in the fight against inflammation. It contains glycerol, which softens the effect of iodine on the mucous membranes. Betadine in this form of release can be used, including for disinfection of the birth canal during childbirth.
The standard scheme of treatment with betadine during pregnancy: the use of suppositories 2 times a day for a week, or one vaginal candle per day for 14 days. But do not forget that the doctor does all the appointments and he chooses the period of application.
Some women may be frightened of vaginal discharge when taking suppositories "Betidin" in the period of bearing a child. One of the reasons for this phenomenon is that the suppository inside melts and its residues can go outside.