Originally Posted by XmasEve
Even if you do choose antibiotics, I also would start consuming a glass of real cranberry juice every day for the rest of your pregnancy and postpartum period. Here's my personal background, to explain why:
Pregnant w/#1, saw a Dr. though I knew better, but there were no mws on island and my dh was afraid of UC so I humored him. I had vague UTIs. I want to stress that they weren't "full blown" as the other poster described. I kept asking about what diet changes, etc. I could make to cure/prevent the UTIs and he blew me off and put me on antibios. I said, "Will these effect my baby's developing tooth enamal?" He said no. I took the initial course (7 days) of antibios (can't remember which kind). Then I started drinking at least a glass of cranberry juice a day for the remainder of the pregnancy. When I would feel a UTI coming on, I'd down more juice and it would go away.
Fast forward to baby's 1st birthday. Obviously the Dr. lied to me. Her enamal has been effected. I thought at first I wasn't brushing enough, took her to a wonderful holistic dentist who said it was the antibios I took. Her teeth aren't hurting, her adult teeth will be fine, as long as I stay on top of good oral hygiene we'll sail right through this. I asked the dentist, "do you think the Dr. outright lied to me, or didn't know about this specific antibio?" He shrugged and said probably both. Most obs don't really care about developing teeth enamal, as it's mostly cosmetic and outgrown and they figure the benefits outweigh the risks. He said some antibios are proven to be very bad for teeth enamal, some aren't really proven either way, and there's no way to tell how an individual fetus will react to any given dose. Remember, I only took them for 1 week! I have to warn my dd and her teachers to "take it easy" on the playground because her front teeth chip so easily. The dentist, also a homeopath, said cranberry juice is good, and so are homeopathics, of course, though I don't remember exactly what he said his wife took for UTIs during pregnancy...
My next pregnancy, a UC, I drank fresh cranberry juice every day and never had a UTI. It makes me so sad and proud how different dd2's teeth are from her big sister's...
Since it was so hard for me to find "real" cranberry juice during my pregnancy with dd1, I stocked up on frozen cranberries before even becoming pregnant with dd2. Then every few days I'd dump a bag of frozen cranberries in the blender, strain the juice out with cheesecloth, and drink that. Not "delicious," but definitely beneficial.
You have to do what is best for you, and I wish you ease in finding antibios if that is your choice, but you should know all of your options. I also want to warn you that since going ahead with UC, Drs. in my life have gotten even more hostile towards me, to the point where I'm not comfortable with any "stunts" they might pull to "teach me a lesson." And maybe that snarky woman at the clinic is trying to steer you onto another path.
Given what other posters have suggested, if I were in your shoes I would do cranberry juice and if that didn't work I'd share yr ds's amox, fwiw.
You know, I never ever have heard of this - even though I've thoroughly researched my DS's complete lack of tooth enamel (two broken teeth, one chipped tooth, chipped tooth is rotten.)
THANK YOU, So much for this.
I had a UTI with my first, and pregnant now with my second, I went in for my first apt completely dehydrated (we'd spent the entire day out, it was my fault, and it was a one time thing, but my urine was bright yellow when testing. Something usual for me.)
I was called a few days later by the nurse, to say I had a UTI and needed antibios. I told her I had no symptoms, wanted to treat it naturally, she said it would Not go away, etc.
I didnt have internet access that week due to changing providers.
I succumbed, thinking, though I know what I know about the OB industry, it couldn't hurt That much to just do this - as she seemed fairly certain it was a ranging infection.
I had awful reactions to the antibs.
Day 5 of 7, I developed symptoms of a UTI.
I continued antibs. Treated symptoms naturally, they're entirely gone.
(Lots of cranberry juice, water, garlic.)
And then... it hit.
The yeast. Started in my mouth, my lip became swollen, and I noticed a tiny tiny blob of white in my cheek.
Started the treatment with acidophilus, yogurt, cranberry, garlic, water, lots less sugar.
DS got it from me somehow, and I cleared his up immediately.
And I'm still fighting it.
I'm on probiotics, as well as the above. But wow, this is absolutely bloody resistant.
I can't believe all of the trouble I went through for a no-symptoms possible UTI.
I will not, ever, take a doctors word for something again, blindly.