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I am 30 weeks & for the past few weeks or so I have felt some mild pain & pressure down low & have been peeing a bunch but I hadn't really thought much about it since those are kind of normal when pregnant. I have also felt my discharge had a smell that bothered me most of the pregnancy but my ob was never concerned with it.<br><br>
Some of the times I pee, it does seem like not a bunch is coming out but there are also times that I have a very good amt. I have had a couple UTIs in the past 10 years & those were brutal...pain & blood-I knew right away what was wrong. I do not have that kind of pain at all.<br><br>
I had an appt the day before Thanksgiving & there was protein in my urine for the 1st time. It wasn't excessive & my blood pressure was perfect so they did an actual urine culture & I should find out tomorrow if any bacteria was present.<br><br>
Questions: can the urine culture distinguish between bladder or uti? does it matter? could I have a uti this time & not have the horrific pain I have had in the past when not pregnant? are antibiotics the best approach or can I try some natural options without putting the baby at risk because of an infection being in my body?<br><br>
i didn't have anything like this last time so i am a little perplexed.
 

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I don't know the answer to some of this- but I do know that my friend recently told me that in her third trimester she felt like she had to pee all the time and sometimes just a little would come out.<br>
I have to pee a lot lately too and sometimes it feels like I have to pee so badly and then just a little comes out so I guess it is the baby pushing on the bladder so it may be a normal third trimester thing. I don't know about the other stuff though.
 

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If it's e.coli, read up on D-mannose, a natural cure for UTI/bladder infection caused by e.coli. I've posted about it before - you can probably search the archives for those posts.
 

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ellairiesmom - I could have written your post word for word! They sent my urine to test last appt and it came back fine. I have to pee with the same frequency whether I drink a lot or not but notice it is much more comfortable when I do pee with a full bladder, so I've just been trying to drink as much as I can.
 

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Thx! The whole peeing thing wasn't that much of an issue-i guess when you're pregnant, you just expect all the peeing etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, but then when there was a little protein in it last week (i have never had that this pregnancy or the last one) I was like WTF? Since my blood pressure was great my ob wasn't concerned about anything serious & just thought it was probably a minor infection since at this point in pregnancy it is so common to not empty out each time which can lead to an infection for some...<br><br>
We'll see what they come back with tmrw.
 

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If it is a UTI I would try concentrated cranberry pills and/or pure (unsweetened) cranberry juice, along with probiotics, before abx. The smelly discharge could be BV. I have a thread about that around here. I agree the peeing/pressure sounds pretty normal.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Started taking the cranberry pills...I always mean to keep them part of my daily routine but then I run out & forget about them for awhile.<br><br>
No one seems to be commenting on the protein in the urine though? Is it something not to worry so much about?
 

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A little bit of protein is probably nothing to worry about. Mild dehydration can cause you to spill protein into your urine. So, if the culture comes back fine, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
 

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Minor protein isn't a huge issue. Could be dehydration.<br><br>
In my last pregnancy, I was literally peeing every twenty minutes...just drops at a time. Its because I was carrying so low. Could be you are 'dropping' and just having more pressure on your bladder.<br><br>
Get tested (because a UTI can cause pre-term labor) but chances are, its just the natural third trimester woes...
 

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To the best of my knowledge, the term "UTI" can refer to an infection in either the kidneys or the bladder, both of which are part of the urinary tract. Sooo, if you're wondering whether or not the culture can determine if it's in your kidneys or your bladder...that, I don't know. Helpful, I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Definitely take cranberry, and loads of vitamin c! I've heard good things about CranActin. It doesn't seem to have as much "cranberry" as cranberry tablets, but a mw told me that was because it's the actual enzyme, which is the important part. It has vitamin c in it as well.<br><br>
I've had protein spills from time to time throughout my pregnancies. They've always been low amounts, and my mws were never worried. It's my understanding that even what you had for breakfast can sometimes affect it. The only one who was ever worried about it was an alarmist, anti-homebirth nurse practitioner that I saw at an OB's office while PG w/DS2; my BP was through the roof because I was petrified to be there in the first place (I was just there for some regular tests), so she insisted that I had pre-e and sent me to L&D. I didn't have pre-e. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Since so many people mentioned cranberries, I thought I'd throw it out there that D-mannose is the thing in cranberries that makes them cure UTIs. It is naturally occurring in cranberries. You can also buy D-mannose in its isolated/pure form, which is much more concentrated than even cranberry capsules.
 

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Thx everyone! They called today & no bacteria/infection.<br><br>
Definitely going to look into the d-mannose...sounds like it could be the bigger bang for the buck.<br><br>
As for the protein, I will chalk it up to no big deal this time. I know I need to work harder at staying hydrated lately-last pregnancy was summertime mostly & it seemed like I drank so much more without even thinking about it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since so many people mentioned cranberries, I thought I'd throw it out there that D-mannose is the thing in cranberries that makes them cure UTIs. It is naturally occurring in cranberries. You can also buy D-mannose in its isolated/pure form, which is much more concentrated than even cranberry capsules.</div>
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Good to know! I didn't realize that D-mannose was the big deal in cranberries! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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