Originally Posted by Eresh
xtara2003x: For drinking the straight cranberry juice, you can also try mixing it with club soda. That doesn't have sugar and the carbonation really helps me at least dealing with the strong cranberry juice. You really don't need to go to an OB to confirm a UTI if you have a regular GP that you see or a family doctor.
If you do want to switch from an OB to a MW during your pregnancy, there is no reason you need to bring it up with the OB before you ask for your records and cancel your future appointments. You can if you want, of course, but there's no real medical reason to do so. And they have to release a copy of your records to your new care provider (without charging). If they hassle you, your MW can give you a records request form that you can give to the OB.
I switched from an OB practice to a practice of CNMs last time at 30 weeks and, other than not having the time to get to know everybody in the practice, I didn't have any issues. And actually I never told an OB, I just gave the records request to the receptionist and told her I was canceling my appointments because I was switching care providers.
I ended up going in to a walk in clinic last night because I had pink spotting and I couldn't tell if it was due to my UTI or coming from my vaginal area. I think it was coming from both areas....
Anyway, they tested my urine and sure enough, I have a pretty big infection (even though I have no symptoms). They gave me a generic version of macrodantin which is very commonly used in early pregnancy for UTI's.
I really didn't want to have to take it..but I did try that D mannose powder and it did NOT work.
I think had I caught it early enough it may have...but because mine is bad, and I've had it for well over a week (probably much longer) that I don't reallly have a choice.
Anyway, I called the CNM that delivered my daughter, and she called me last night. I asked her to do an order for HCG and progesterone. She agreed but said she can't really read the progesterone results, so I'd have to get an OB to read the results to me and she is out of the office tomorrow. She gave me the name of an OB to read me the results so that's good....I am hoping later today they tell me the results are nice and high for being like 6.5 weeks pregnant. I go back on Friday to get another test done and then to compare the two.
It's been a bit of a roller coaster this time. Ugh. I think I'm gonna schedule an appt with the CNM too, and talk to her about an early ultrasound. She mentioned we could do it if my HCG levels were high enough. At this point I need some kind of reassurance or I'm going to go insane. I'm so emotional and weepy it's just NOT fun. *deep breath*
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I'm still doing the pure cranberry juice and drinking a crap ton of water.