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Finished abx for nasty chest infection, now yeast infection coming on....help?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm only 36+2 but last two came around 38 weeks and im sweating this one coming earlier. I was hospitalized last week after battling a chest infection for a couple weeks. I was already on a ten day run of abx when hospitalized, and was so freaking sick I was loaded on fluids and a bag of IV abx to. I've been taking a mega, super dose of quality probiotics the whole time. At the hospital, since dehydration had me contracting, I let them check me and was 4cm and 80%. But I was dilated early with number three too. So over the last 48 hr I think I feel a yeast infection coming on. I'm worried about dredging through labor win misery.

Tomorrow I see my OB. I have GBS test. I am trying to decide if I try to treat it myself, or just say screw it and get diflucan to knock it out. Honestly, after being so freaking sick for so long, I am worn out and don't have a lot of umph to hope to cure it myself...leaning toward pharma route.

Any thoughts or advice here? If I felt like labor was a few weeks off, I would go it myself, but mama gut is saying get meds and go.
post #2 of 15

When I got a yeast infection at 36 weeks, my CNM just told me to use OTC stuff. Monistat type stuff.  It worked for me.  I don't know if it would be enough for you since it sounds like you have been through the wringer!   

post #3 of 15
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Thanks for the reply. I will talk with my dr tomorrow. She is great and super hands off. She is a believer in not treating every yeast infection with meds unless mama is miserable. I'm not there yet, but pretty sure I don't want to wait until I am. There is enough stuff going in down there already lol.
post #4 of 15
What about a garlic suppository? And ingesting raw garlic, you can cut it up pill size & swallow. Coconut oil kills yeast I would ingest and apply topically. I know diflucan is only supposed to be taken once during pregnancy bc of possible effects to the baby.
post #5 of 15

I have just spent the last 2 months trying to deal with it naturally including diet, probiotics, garlic, GSE, ect i was miserable finally 2 weeks ago I finally gave in & got OTC stuff even if it is not long term at least I will be clear for the birth & 1 less thing to stress about at this point.

 

post #6 of 15

That stinks, I'm sorry. :( I'd get some really good probiotics (that are refrigerated), not the cheap stuff on the shelves. You might have to go to a health food store to find the good stuff.

post #7 of 15
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Thanks so much for the replies. I've been doing garlic chunks by mouth. Can't quite make myself do them vaginally. I didn't know about coconut oil but I have that in my pantry right now!

I have actually only had one full blown symptomatic yeast infection ever....it was this pregnancy, beginning or third trimester, and I took diflucan. I researched and read a lot about early pregnancy dangers, but felt ok taking it at that point. Kind of same situation....had been in labor and delivery for a freakish spurt of preterm contractions, plus has awful yeast infection.

Regarding OTC treatment....is there a reason not to do this when 4cm dilated? Baby is so low that I can feel it's head about half a finger inside. Gotta love my weak pelvic floor. smile.gif My cervix is still posterior most of the time. I guess I wonder why Drs tend to advise OTC treatment during first and second trimesters but oral meds the last. More thinking aloud there.....curious.

Hitting the pantry for coconut oil. smile.gif
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by saudade View Post

That stinks, I'm sorry. :( I'd get some really good probiotics (that are refrigerated), not the cheap stuff on the shelves. You might have to go to a health food store to find the good stuff.


These are what I've been taking.....I was taking some super pricey fridge rated brand I got at our local health food store, the whole pregnancy. Then I got the higher count, fridge brand, a couple months ago, to get ready for GBS test. Then a week ago a started a seven day realllly high treatment but alas, no luck. At least for yeast. I wish I had the brand...kiddo sleeping on me and it is in the fridge. But the one I have been taking this last week are something nuts like 200 million....comes in seven fridge packets of powder. One a day for seven days.

Maybe, if nothing else, between the abx and the super duper probiotics, my GBS test will be negativ, lol.
post #9 of 15

I tried all the natural stuff for a few weeks but it didnt knock it out.  I had to resort to OTC.  But my GBS test was negative so maybe the garlic and the probiotics really helped! :)

 

My CNM told me to use suppositories versus cream so it wouldn't squish up into the cervix.  She also recommended Boric Acid Suppositories which just sound frightening but she said all it does is make the environment more acidic so yeast doesn't thrive.  But she said it takes longer and since I was close to delivery to just go with OTC.   She said she didn't like diflucan during pregnancy though.  I have read differing opinions on that though.


Good luck I hope you get something to knock it out.  I know what a terrible feeling it is and being hugely pg on top of it is no fun!

post #10 of 15

I just messaged my mw last night because I'm all yeasty too, I've had a nasty cold for 2.5 weeks and I think my immune system just crashed.  I had in the days before I delivered DD, took diflucan for that one.  I hate monistat, like I need anything down there to make me feel more goopy.  

post #11 of 15

I wouldn't take diflucan - I have always had good luck with high dose probiotics (the 7 day powder stuff you are referring to is by renewlife and that is great but you have to keep going with the vaginal formula. Since I started taking that daily - I have had no issues and this coming from a woman who has had MAJOR YI issues most of her life. Anyway Tea tree oil suppositories work great for me as well. I would not use boric acid suppositories during pregnancy, although I used them all the time when not preggers.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Marnica View Post

I wouldn't take diflucan - I have always had good luck with high dose probiotics (the 7 day powder stuff you are referring to is by renewlife and that is great but you have to keep going with the vaginal formula. Since I started taking that daily - I have had no issues and this coming from a woman who has had MAJOR YI issues most of her life. Anyway Tea tree oil suppositories work great for me as well. I would not use boric acid suppositories during pregnancy, although I used them all the time when not preggers.


Great! The vaginal formula is the other one in my fridge that I have but I quit taking when I started the seven day. I feel no worse today than yesterday so I may give it a day!
post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marnica View Post

I wouldn't take diflucan - I have always had good luck with high dose probiotics (the 7 day powder stuff you are referring to is by renewlife and that is great but you have to keep going with the vaginal formula. Since I started taking that daily - I have had no issues and this coming from a woman who has had MAJOR YI issues most of her life. Anyway Tea tree oil suppositories work great for me as well. I would not use boric acid suppositories during pregnancy, although I used them all the time when not preggers.



Yeah I read online not to take Boric Acid suppositories while pg too even though my mw said it was  safe.  So much conflicting info.  That renewlife vaginal formula sounds like good stuff.  I will have to check that out too.

post #14 of 15

http://www.jarrow.com/product.php?prodid=391  I've been taking these, specifically for vaginal health. I had terrible yeast infections and bladder infections with my last pregnancy so I am trying to be really proactive this time around, so far so good! I also do lots of coconut oil, no sugar and very little dairy. If I was trying to fight one off like you I would do absolutely no sugar, not even fruit (feeds yeast) or dairy (mucous forming).   You could also add a little Apple Cider Vinegar (raw) to your bath, that seems to help me when I feel one coming.  I think one of the biggest things that's helped me other than diet is that we have a chlorine filter now for our shower and I use that to fill up my bath.  Chlorine destroys good bacteria and messes up gut health. If you have tap water, there's chlorine in it.

post #15 of 15

I had antibiotics for strep throat at 34 weeks and I felt like I had a yeast infection coming on. I slammed yogurt everyday, took one round of OTC monistat, and my GBS test came back negative. I hope you get the same results!

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