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<p>So this is my second pregnancy..I am 10 weeks along and have been having mild symptoms of a UTI/bladder infection for a little over a week. I drink plenty of water and have been drinking two glasses of cranberry juice a day. It doesn't seem to be helping..my pee is still cloudy (not dark tho) and I am still having that heavy feeling in my lower tummy. Those are really the only symptoms I've had..no burning, itching, smelly urine, etc. My midwife just suggested we do plenty of water and cranberry juice and to keep an eye on it. I considered getting some AZO cranberry, but I figured since I am drinking cranberry juice it couldn't be much different. Any advice ladies?</p>
 

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<p>I know when I used to get UTIs, I would have to cut out certain foods/drinks in order to really let my urinary tract heal. Sweets, wine, and coffee all come to mind, and acidic stuff too. In my experience, cranberry pills also worked way better than juice. I've been making sure to empty my bladder super frequently because I feel like that helps as well. I'm just about 12 wks and feeling like I'm constantly warding off a UTI. Hope it goes away soon!</p>
 

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<p>I feel like I have beginning UTI symptoms every few days. It seems like it comes and goes. I try to drink a good amount of water, and throw some cranberry juice (or cranberry cocktail, even though I know that doesn't work as well, but it depends on what we have at the time) in there. I also take garlic supplements daily, take echinacea occasionally, and have recently started taking a cranberry pill daily. </p>
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<p>It's so odd, the way it comes and goes. And it doesn't feel like full blown bladder infection symptoms (like going pee a lot and only a little coming out, urgency, frequency, burning, etc). There's not really burning, and I usually pee at least a decent amount. It almost feels like my urethra is irritated, if that makes sense. </p>
 

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<p>I drink an 8oz glass of water every hour for 8 hours straight and take cranberry pills (def no sugar in the juice).  I also have taken orgeno oil, but it irritates my gut, so not my first pick.  The water might do the trick though.  I know you said you were drinking a lot of water, but not sure what that is.  I would completely stop with the cocktail as it has sugar in it usually (or grape juice which is high sugar).  A good tip for next time is some baking soda.  I will post a link with natural tips later.  Feel better!</p>
 

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<p>DDCC. Make sure you've got 100% cranberry juice, it works much better than the cocktail. If you do get a UTI, though, you need antibiotics (and they are ok to take during pregnancy). Hope you can nip it in the bud before it gets to that point!</p>
 

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<p>I went to the dr on the 23rd because of sharp shooting pains in my right side. I mean, excrutiating pains. Turns out it was a pretty nasty UTI. I had no other symptoms (like pain, amount or frequency of peeing). They put me on antibiotics, which I was weary of taking so double checked with the pharmacist - I was assured it's fine while pregnant. I'm not a fan of taking them, but UTI's can get pretty serious pretty quickly. </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gardenofsimple</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1286457/possible-uti-or-bladder-infection-advice#post_16141029"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I went to the dr on the 23rd because of sharp shooting pains in my right side. I mean, excrutiating pains. Turns out it was a pretty nasty UTI. I had no other symptoms (like pain, amount or frequency of peeing). They put me on antibiotics, which I was weary of taking so double checked with the pharmacist - I was assured it's fine while pregnant. I'm not a fan of taking them, but UTI's can get pretty serious pretty quickly. </p>
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<br><br><p>With any UTI I've had while pregnant it has been highly recommended to take a round of antibiotics. UTIs can cause many problems if left untreated.</p>
 

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<p>Another good natural remedy for UTIs, if you are not yet at the point of needing antibiotics, is cornsilk tea. You can usually buy dried cornsilk from a health food store, or you can buy corn in the husk and use the silk that is inside the husk. Just cut off any part of the cornsilk that is sticking up out of the husk, and only use the cornsilk that is completely covered and inside the husk. Cornsilk from young corn is the best, before it goes brown.</p>
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<p>For dried cornsilk you would use 1 TBSP to one cup of boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes before drinking.</p>
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<p>For fresh cornsilk, use silk from 3 ears of corn (or 1/4 cup of fresh cornsilk) for one cup of boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes before drinking.</p>
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<p>Drink 3 cups of tea per day.</p>
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<div style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;text-align:left;border:medium none;">Cornsilk has anti-inflammatory properties, coats the lining of the urinary tract walls, and destroys microorganisms by activating white blood cells.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;text-align:left;border:medium none;">If you are desparate to avoid antibiotics, a much stronger herbal remedy that should be used with caution (as it is quite hard on the liver) is a tea from the leaves of the <a href="http://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/crops/medicinal/bkq00s03.html" target="_blank">kinnikinnik or</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry" target="_blank">bearberry</a> plant. You should not take this tea for more than 7 days, and should probably consult with a naturopathic physician before use.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;text-align:left;border:medium none;">If you are using cranberry juice, it has to be 100% cranberry juice (no other juices, sugars, or water added) to be most effective. This juice is quite tart, acidic and difficult to drink. You will probably find it most effective to take cranberry pills, as you can consume a higher concentration of cranberry this way.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;text-align:left;border:medium none;">Taking probiotics also helps to promote overall urinary tract health.</div>
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The only problem is the antibiotics they put me on are KILLING my stomach. And I have to take them twice a day for 10 days. I'm miserable on them :(</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Charlize</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1286457/possible-uti-or-bladder-infection-advice#post_16141099"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gardenofsimple</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1286457/possible-uti-or-bladder-infection-advice#post_16141029"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I went to the dr on the 23rd because of sharp shooting pains in my right side. I mean, excrutiating pains. Turns out it was a pretty nasty UTI. I had no other symptoms (like pain, amount or frequency of peeing). They put me on antibiotics, which I was weary of taking so double checked with the pharmacist - I was assured it's fine while pregnant. I'm not a fan of taking them, but UTI's can get pretty serious pretty quickly. </p>
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<br><br><p>With any UTI I've had while pregnant it has been highly recommended to take a round of antibiotics. UTIs can cause many problems if left untreated.</p>
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<p>yeah - I've tried it with milk and yogurt. Not much help. This morning I tried it with eggnog and it helped a little <span><img alt="shrug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/shrug.gif"></span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>erigeron</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1286457/possible-uti-or-bladder-infection-advice#post_16142187"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Did you try eating or drinking some milk at the same time as taking the antibiotics?</p>
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<p>I used to get UTI's when I was in college and I was not into antibiotics, and figured out ways to treat without.</p>
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<p>Cornsilk tincture (not sure about taking tinctures in alcohol while pg)</p>
<p>Cantharis homeopathic remedy in a 30C dosage, available at any health food store.</p>
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<p>I am a big fan of the homeopathics because they are safe for use in pregnancy, when not much else is.</p>
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<p>After twice of using these remedies, I have never had a UTI since, and that was 16 years ago.</p>
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<p>Best of luck!</p>
 

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<p>I had a horrible UTI my last pregnancy that sent me to the ER at 19 weeks. I handled it for a little while with homeopathy (cantharis) and teas, etc. water and cranberry and cutting out sugar. Turns out though that I became asymptomatic and eventually needed antibiotics sometime in the last trimester... one round knocked me out, though antibiotics always make me catch a cold or yeast infection! Ugh.</p>
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