The cranberry helps prevent bacteria from clinging to the walls of your urinary tract, I think? So it won't hurt, for sure -- but needs to be in unsweetened form. Take diluted juice from concentrate, or powdered and encapsulated. I take it daily to help prevent UTI (and potentially GBS as well), and for the Vitamin C.
Take probiotics at least two hours
after and/or before taking the antibiotics. That should allow the a/bx enough time to work. Make sure you're taking a probiotic that has live cultures which are not dependent on pH in your gut to thrive, if possible. Dr Ohhira's brand
is fantastic. Most effective probiotic I've encountered. It really, really, works.
But if your local HFS doesn't have Dr Ohhira's or an equally good form of probiotics, you need something now. So get some plain yogurt and eat it, avoid as much sugary foods and yeasty foods as possible, until you get some good probiotics. Take the probiotics five days beyond when you're finished with the a/bx. It's not a bad idea to take them daily during pregnancy (and beyond even), so continuing on after would be fine. But typically I take probiotics three times daily when working to prevent yeast overgrowth. I take once daily for maintenance. Twice daily if my stomach's feeling unsettled.
I would likely take the antibiotics if I were you, given your situation (three hours from your primary midwife, etc., and presumably not in an easy place to be retested in 7 days?). And honestly, I hate taking antibiotics.
But given that UTIs can turn into kidney infections and those can cause problems in pregnancy (plus they're damned painful), unless you have access to colloidal silver and/or grapefruit seed extract, I'd take the a/bx. The good thing is that if you were to get a yeast infection, you should have plenty of time to deal with it before baby's born (which means no thrush).
There was a mama here (Larissa
) who, early on, was able to treat her UTI naturally (despite those folks like me fussing at her for it
). Check the early threads here:http://www.mothering.com/discussions...&highlight=uti
...for tips that might help if you're wanting to hold off on starting the a/bx.
Interesting site on the different a/bx:http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000201/713.html
Sorry you're dealing with this and hope it clears up very soon.