Good Morning! I'm pretty sure I have a UTI :( Are cranberry pills safe to take during pregnancy? Any other good remedies I can try? I hate being on antibiotics (I always end up with a yeast infection and GI issues) so I thought I'd at least try the natural remedies first.
I have a long history of getting kidney infections out of nowhere (I currently have one) and I can tell you that cranberry pills don't work at all. What you need to 100% pure cranberry juice, not from concentrate.
I'm not sure about natural cures for UTIs since, as I said, mine always jump to my kidneys before I even know they're there so medication is really my only option, but my advice is not to mess around or wait too long to start medicating. Unless someone shares some experience with a natural remedy that they know from experience definitely works in the next day or two, I would recommend biting the bullet and taking the penicillin. Kidney infections during pregnancy, if left untreated, have been associated with lower birth weights and preterm labour.
i've never tried pills, but second the 100% cranberry juice. i've used it over the years to catch UTIs quickly and solve it cleanly. and since it's a whole food, and not a pill, i have done it when pregnant in the past.
now i preemptively consume loads of probiotics, kombucha, fermented veggies, etc and haven't had problems for years. but i used to get irritations on the way to UTI's frequently enough to know to start the cranberry and get it kicked out in less than 24 hours.
YES, there is an EXCELLENT natural method, way better than cranberry juice. I suffered from a persistent UTI for years, so I'm a bit of an expert.
According to my naturopathic doctor, most UTI's are from e-coli from the rectum, and can be easily knocked out with D-Mannose, which is just a sugar, that makes the surface of the UT "slippery," so the e-coli can't hold on. It works! My naturopath had me take it I think 6x/day until painful symptoms disappeared, and then 3x/day afterwards for 2-3 days.
And for comfort if you're hurting, just drink a ton of water, or any fluid, right away. The more fluid moving through you, the more comfortable you'll be, until the treatment kicks in. Won't take long.
I've also given this to my 3 year old daughter without hesitation, when I suspected a UTI, since they can be so painful and also dangerous with kidney infections. It's a good remedy to have in your home medicine kit!