Please help! Pregnancy UTI + antibiotics dilemma - Page 2
I unfortunately had utis for the first trimester of my last pregnancy but I was most definitely symptomatic:( I did take several kinds of antiobiotics (a, because I live in a remote fly-in community with no access to any sort of natural products, and b, because I didn't really know any better and wanted to just be healthy for my baby and get rid of the pain and discomfort). Once I hit the second trimester they went away. I do wonder if my son's slight discolouration on his teeth might be because of all the meds I took but he is a happy healthy, rambunctious two year old with no other evidence of problems. I didn't like taking so many meds but I also didn't want to chance being medivac'd out of our community in the dead of winter with an emergency kidney issue and wanted to avoid preterm labour. I hope you have some success with your healing asap:)
I just wanted to update in case anyone was interested or in the same situation. Like I said before I had developed some mild symptoms and was going to try the homeopathic remedy cantharis. I started taking the cantharis on the night of Thursday the 12th and saw great improvement in my symptoms over the weekend. I also kept taking a maintenance dose of d-mannose. My last prenatal appointment was a week ago on the 18th and I gave a sample then. I just found out that my culture was clear! Not just better like I was expecting, but completely clear. Obviously I am tremendously excited and so relieved that I decided to wait on the antibiotics for just a little while longer and try one last thing.
So here is my advice to someone else in this situation: listen to your body. I was worried and there were times when I felt uncomfortable, but I had the confidence in my body to know if something was seriously wrong. Another thing is that you should take the advice of your care providers seriously, but in the end you are the arbiter of what goes in your body and effects your baby.
The things that I think made a big difference were the d-mannose and the cantharis. If you had to pick only one to try I would recommend the cantharis because it was only like $7 whereas the d-mannose was like $40. Keep in mind though that homeopathic remedies are very specific to the person and the symptoms, so cantharis might not be the right one for you. It helps to do the research so that you have the best possible match. That said, cantharis is the most commonly recommended for UTI-type symptoms and is a good starting place if you don't feel that any of the remedies match your symptoms (that was my case).
I'd like to acknowledge that I know there are a lot of people who don't "believe" in homeopathy. I had never taken homeopathy seriously or tried it before this situation. I just got to the point where I was willing to try anything. And it worked!
I am so glad that I was able to resolve this naturally. Thanks for all the support!