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<p>My midwife called me back, my urine sample showed presence of bacteria. It's like a urinary track infection with no symptoms.</p>
<p>She said I must take antibiotics, that when pregnant it's something to take seriously.</p>
<p>I'm not trying to do otherwise I just wanted to know if one of you had this, a urinary track infection but no pain ?</p>
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<p>She also told me to drink cranberry juice.</p>
 

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I had the same and they told me as long as I had no symptoms, to increase my water intake, drink the real cranberry juice ( which is awful stuff. ...I filled a glass with 6oz each morning kept it in the fridge and took the biggest sip I could every time I opened the fridge. ...took all day to finish it) remember my robotics everyday and they'd retest at my next appt.<br>
For their protocol it means automatic antibiotics in labour because the test showed ... group b strep ... Or whichever one it is that they worry about at delivery.<br>
However, it also means skipping the 34/36 week test for group b strep....
 

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<p>I had that during my first pregnancy. I did the antibiotics thing because I didn't know better. I would ask them if you can wait a week for either some symptoms or a retest before antibiotics. I know cranberry juice helps, but I think you can get it in capsule form too. And I think there are a lot of other things you can try. UI can lead to miscarriage, so if you're at risk, you might not want to mess around, but antibiotics are a last resort for me.</p>
 

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<p>I don't think it really has much to do with group b strep, or at least it didn't for me. I was still tested, and I was negative.</p>
 

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The specific bacteria for my test was the group b. Because midwifery in my province is covered by our healthcare there are some things that are more medical than would be my first choice --- but the trade off is free midwives <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<p>I wonder if it was bacterial vaginosis? I managed to test positive for both that and a yeast infection the day before I got my positive pregnancy test. I'd been having symptoms on and off for months and nothing natural had helped. So I went on flagyl, an antibiotic, at 3.5-4.5 weeks pregnant and started over-the-counter treatment for the yeast infection at the end of that (since the abx would likely make the yeast infection worse). </p>
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<p>It wasn't my preferred way to start a pregnancy, but I haven't had any symptoms since and in 2 of my previous pregnancies, I think I had a low-grade yeast infection for most of the duration but didn't treat it with meds. </p>
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<p>BV can cause premature labor and my midwives, my sister the L&D RN, and the internet all said that during pregnancy, it's important to treat it even without symptoms. For non-pregnant women, it's usually only treated if symptoms flare up.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks to everyone that answered.</p>
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<p>The thing is where I live the midwifes are part of the free health care system, but they are limited on things they can do.</p>
<p>So they can pass me the test, receive the results, give diagnostics, but the antibiotics for UI are not on the list they can prescribe.</p>
<p>So I'll have to see a doctor.</p>
<p>I have an appointment with a gynecologist on monday, appointment I took before my pregnancy. I kept it because I'll be in his patient list after and I needed that since I didn't had one for a long time. So my midwife will send me the test result so I can have the prescription thru him.</p>
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<p>The real thing that bother me the most is not that I have to take antibiotics for this purpose, it's just that it will be my third round of antibiotics in 18 months. I had a pulmonary infection two summers ago due to road work on my street all summer and a bad allergy to this kind of dust, and a cellulitis in a bad <span style="text-indent:-12px;">skin abscess </span>last spring. I was my third cellulitis in 10 years, the previous was an infection in my C-section scar days after my son was born. I'm glad antibiotics exists, it's likely I would have died 3 times 100 years ago (or just lost my leg the first time ; ). BUT I feel every time I take antibiotics my immunity is down for so long after. And now it's winter here and the flu season and my son goes into daycare everyday so I'm kind of worrying about consequences on my immunity.</p>
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<p>I take really good prenatals, I do a round of probiotics every time I had antibiotics and somme more when I feel I need it, I eat good yogurt almost daily. I drink as much water as I can. Any advice on boosting immunity while pregnant is welcome.</p>
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<p>Thanks again for your input and for listening to my rant.</p>
 

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<p>you might want to try taking wild oregano oil too. I highly recommend putting it into a capsule because it tastes like hell. try 5 drops 3x a day. It is a natural antibiotic and anti fungal and anti viral. I think you can get it in most pharmacies in Montreal. good luck!</p>
 

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<p>D Mannose is a capsule form of what is in cranberries that helps to keep bacteria from being able to thrive in your bladder. Especially if you aren't having any symptoms I'd run out and get some immediately. Taking it for even half a day may clear up the infection so that nothing shows by tomorrow's appt.! Good Luck!</p>
 

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Awesome, I've have success after only 24 hours with the D-mannose!! GL!
 

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<p>Ugh, I found this thread too late. I also received similar test results. They gave me a week supply of antibiotics to take twice a day--B group, so safe for pregnancy...they said. Here is what happened next...</p>
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<p>I started the pills Friday night, then all day Saturday through Monday morning I had a very sharp headache in my frontal lobe (a side-effect, I read.) When I felt better Monday, I decided to keep taking the meds and not notify my midwife. Then, Monday and Tuesday night my nausea was at it's worst (another side-effect.) I woke up Tuesday night at 2 am so sick, throwing up (a first in this pregnancy). From 2 am until 10:30 am Thursday morning, I threw up every 30 minutes (like clockwork) to the point that my esophagus was bleeding from the force. I could eat or drink anything. I didn't feel "sick, just horrible nausea and the need to vomit as son as I would sit up, let alone stand. I had to miss work Thursday, obviously.  After calling the on-call nurse early Thursday morning, she insisted it wasn't from the medication, but just regular "pregnancy stuff." I disagree. I have been nauseous, but never like this. I am not going to finish the meds, no way. Today I am back and work but still queasy. I probably lost 5 pounds due to only drinking an 8 oz. bottle of Gatorade over a period of 24 hours. That really was the worst day I can remember in a long time. I will buy the cranberry juice and take care of things with Mother Nature's help from now on! </p>
 

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<p>I receive the copy of the test results. It's Strep B bacteria.</p>
<p>I'll try D Mannose and ask the gynecologist if I can take the test again and leave with the Rx prescription and act upon results.</p>
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<p>Thanks again.</p>
 

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<p>I receive the copy of the test results. It's Strep B bacteria.</p>
<p>I'll try D Mannose and ask the gynecologist if I can take the test again and leave with the Rx prescription and act upon results.</p>
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<p>Thanks again.</p>
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<p>Group B strep is very common. Actually all woman have some of it, it's just when it reaches a critical level it becomes dangerous for the baby. I've never heard of treating it before the day of labor though as it will likely  just come back. They don't usually test for Group B till the 3rd trimester. It seems really odd to me that they've already tested you and are treating it this early.</p>
<p><a href="http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/groupbstrepinfection.html" target="_blank">http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/groupbstrepinfection.html</a></p>
 
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<p>In the chart at this link - point 5. That's why if you test positive in Canada during any point of pregnancy, you are given the antibiotics at labour/delivery. I'm pretty sure the antibiotics can be avoiding during pregnancy though - there is no mention in this page of needing to aggressively treat it prior to delivery.</p>
<p><a href="http://sogc.org/publications/group-b-streptococcus-gbs-infection-in-pregnancy/" target="_blank">http://sogc.org/publications/group-b-streptococcus-gbs-infection-in-pregnancy/</a></p>
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<p>In Canada (in most provinces) b/c our Midwives are part of the provincial healthcare system, and not independant as they seem to be in much of the US, they have protocols they must follow, just like O/Bs and other doctors. It's a very different system, but for those of us who can freely choose at no cost to have MW care, it's generally worth the few small concessions to procedure/protocol.</p>
 
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<p>I have Group B Strep as well. With my last pregnancy, I made it the hospital with minutes to spare. My daughter was born about 15 minutes after my husband wheeled me into labor and delivery (most of that time with me trying not to push while waiting for a doctor to get there).  Everything turned out totally fine, but it was a little traumatic because of the Group B Strep. They're supposed to give you medication to prevent the baby from contracting it, but it takes at least an hour to take effect (and it was clear I wasn't going to make it anywhere near that long). While I was struggling not to push I heard then nurses whispering to each other saying things like, "Should we even administer it? That way we could put it on the chart." I made them tell me what they were talking about and they explained the situation. They ended up not giving it to me since it would have been pointless. There were 2 negative consequences of me not making it to the hospital in sufficient time. The first was that immediately after my daughter was born, instead of having the peaceful skin-to-skin bonding session that I'd had with my previous child, they let me look at her for a minute, then took her away 10 feet to draw blood from her for 30 minutes. I think it all came from her heel and she was wailing the whole time breaking my heart. (Also, in the end, they didn't get enough to do the test, and had to do the whole process again a few hours later.) The second negative outcome was that we had to stay in the hospital an extra night to wait for the results that would confirm she didn't have Group B Strep before they would discharge her. That was only bad because I was eager to go home and be with my first child who I had never been away from for more than a few hours.</p>
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<p>Anyway, she didn't have Group B Strep and was the sweetest baby in the whole world despite her horrible first half hour of life, so it wasn't really a big deal. However, if anyone else has this, I highly recommend getting to the hospital as soon as you think you might be in labor. It's what I'll be doing this time around.</p>
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<p>Also, regarding the UTI, I've heard that blueberries are also effective and much more palatable than cranberries in my opinion.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Researchparent</strong>, I got to the hospital too late for GBS antibiotics too. I'm allergic to amoxicillan so I would have had to take one of the harsher abx. I was glad no one freaked out about it. They initially said I'd need to stay the full 48 hrs at the hospital but when he was totally fine at 24 hrs and they got a nurse home visit scheduled for the next day, I left before the 48 hr mark without trouble.</p>
 

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Group B strep is very common. Actually all woman have some of it, it's just when it reaches a critical level it becomes dangerous for the baby. I've never heard of treating it before the day of labor though as it will likely  just come back. They don't usually test for Group B till the 3rd trimester. It seems really odd to me that they've already tested you and are treating it this early.<br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/groupbstrepinfection.html" target="_blank">http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/groupbstrepinfection.html</a></div>
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You are talking about the vaginal swab test done at the end of pregnancy.<br><br>
In my case it was results from the urine samples tests done at the same time of blood samples at my first appointment (11wks). My midwife told me there was normal/acceptable levels of bacteria to be found in urine but that my samples were too high. That this could be something that is left alone when not pregnant if there's no symptoms of UTI or kidney infection, but that in pregnant women those levels were treated with antibiotics. I'm not sure I remember the possible consequences not too do it, but I think she said it was to prevent kidney infections and possible miscarriage.<br><br>
I'm on D Mannose since Thursday, I hope it will clean this up before my appointment on Monday. That wasn't cheap, at my health store it costs 50$ a bottle.
 

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<p>I've seen the Gynecologist yesterday. He refused to give me antibiotics and to pass me the urine sample test again saying it was to soon. He said that with no symptoms I should give a real chance to my body to get rid of it by itself.</p>
<p>My midwife told me this procedure was from the previous SOCG recommendations but that she is ok with going with it, so I'll have another test next monday and then we'll see.</p>
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<p>I take D Mannose since last thursday but from what I read on the internet it's fabulous for fighting E. Coli but not so to fight Strep B ... Anyway I'll continue to take it as it can't do arm.</p>
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<p>Thanks everyone for your advices.</p>
 
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