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Well, I've had several yeast infections since becoming pregnant. I had an appointment with my midwife today, and felt like another one was coming on, so she did a test and it turns out it is BV (bacterial vaginosis). I see online that having BV puts you at risk for preterm labor, but I am having a hard time finding statistics on what percentage of women with BV end up having preterm labor. My midwife didn't seem concerned and prescribed some oral antibiotics for me (Metronidazole), and did not even mention anything about preterm labor.<br><br>
So is this a condition that generally turns out ok? I know it is quite common, but it seems like preterm labor is quite common, too. So I'm just worried now. I'm 22 weeks today, so I have a ways to go before preterm labor wouldn't be that big of a deal.<br><br>
Thank you for your thoughts or sharing your experience!
 

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I think preterm labor is most likely to occur if you go untreated, since you are taking the necessary steps to get treated it is unlikely that it would happen. You still absolutely want to avoid preterm labor even when you reach the point of viability, so I would keep a watchful eye on it and do what you can to keep the yeast at at bey by watching your sugar consumption and taking a probiotic.
 

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second the no sugar and lots of probiotics...I've heard carbonation can cause bv...dunno if it's actually the carbonation or the sugar in soft drinks though, maybe both?
 

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Sorry I don't know about BV, but I have been dealing with lots of yeasty beasties and have found some nice fixes. You're probably doing all of them, but... yogurt, of course (unsweetened), probiotic pills, and my new favorite? cider vinegar diluted in a bath or on a wash cloth rinsing all my yeast-loving parts. Seriously cleansing and just feels like I'm keeping it all away. My midwives also suggested tea tree oil for the same thing but, #1 it's expensive, and #2 I found it stung a bit on my skin.<br><br>
As for pre-term labor, of course we want to avoid it. But, really, in most cases isn't it true our bodies will keep the baby in there 'til it's time? The odds are very good it'll be just fine is what I'm saying. :)
 

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I have had BV a couple of times and I talked to my Dr. in detail about the BV and preterm labor. the concern only really came into play if it went untreated.<br><br>
Now I will tell you, the meds made me sick as a dog so I ended up just using garlic the last time. I wrapped garlic cloves (two and I kind of squished them) in gause and put it up there like a tampon. It got rid of the BV. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you for all the information. I have been totally stressed out and worried since my midwife called me and told me it was BV. Your advice and reassurances help me feel better! I'm going to try some of the suggestions. I did start the Flagyl (Metronidazole) last night. Fortunately it hasn't made me sick, but we'll see. Thank you again. It's nice to have a place to share concerns with other moms.
 
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