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lktoday5 Sat 15-Oct-11 16:16:06

Bit of random question but Im now on my 3rd lot of antibiotics in 6 weeks for a recurring (and extremely painful) UTI - I'm still only 37 weeks and really, really dont think I can have another flare up before the birth, so a couple of questions 1) Does anyone know of any natural remedies other than cranberry juice? and 2) I can only find cranberry juice drink in the shops - does that work or does it have to be 100% cranberry juice ? All help gratefully received!

stripeybumpinthenight Sat 15-Oct-11 16:25:03

Oh I feel for you, UTIs are horrible.

Drink loads of water, wear cotton pants and loose clothes, wipe front to back (well you never know!) and always try to fully empty your bladder when you pee.

lktoday5 Sat 15-Oct-11 16:28:22

thanks stripeybump - am doing all of those but still .....i was warned they could come back but its getting ridiculous now (ive even spent 9 days on the ward as they thought i was in early labour but it seems it was just the infection making my uterus irritable sad)

stripeybumpinthenight Sat 15-Oct-11 16:29:15

Yikes! Sounds bad. Is antibiotics the only thing they can do for you? Is it definitely an infection?

Pancakeflipper Sat 15-Oct-11 16:32:20

Lemon barley water is good at flushing out. Doesn't cure it but helps to not get all the time.

No scented bubblebath. Cotton knickers - change a couple of times a day if possible.

StickyGhost Sat 15-Oct-11 17:35:27

I've used Bicarb of soda mixed with water (about 1/2 a tsp) a few times over my pregnancy for this, although never had it bad enough to have to have antibiotics - poor you! Hope it gets better soon.

Snowy27 Sat 15-Oct-11 20:33:35

I had a 3 week one in early pregnancy- yucky! Also didn't respond to antibiotcs.
I liked pineapple juice- a nice break from cranberry! Also eating 'live' yoghurt, oh and a warm hot waterbottle applied to my back did offer some help.

Hope you feel better soon daffodil

lktoday5 Sat 15-Oct-11 20:35:33

ooh thanks all - some great suggestions here - will def try some of these. Thanks for making me feel more positive!

Snowy27 Sat 15-Oct-11 20:51:32

Oh and just thought- I got sick of the 'drink loads' advice- but it did help! And don't try and hold on when you need to go- That absolutely killed me!

In terms of juice I just checked it wasn't from concentrate- Tesco's did one- or if you can try Holland and Barret (other health food shops are available)

Mmmmcheese Sat 15-Oct-11 22:18:37

I used to get recurrent UTIs and the urologist told me to take cranberry tablets rather than drink cranberry juice as sometimes the amount of sugar in the juice can actually make it worse. You can get cranberry tablets from Boots and its also cheaper than buying cranberry juice! He also said to take probiotic tablets - I get those from Boots as well. I think they have both really helped me.

The other thing I've found useful is to avoid any kind of Citrus fruit, especially orange juice. It always triggered things for me.

Also, the usual drink as much as possible advice does work for me. And to go to the toilet as soon as you feel the first urge. Hope that helps.

KikiRC Sat 15-Oct-11 22:22:20

Hi- I've suffered loads from UTIs for years- seems to me they come in waves like this that can be quite hard to shift. The reason lemon barley water is advised is for the barley- which I think is supposed to coat your waterworks and ease soreness. However, you shouldn't really drink anything citrus when you actually have an infection as this can aggrevate it, so I'd stick to the lemon barley water as more of a preventative than a cure (and same for cranberry juice). While you actually have the infection I'd cut out any caffeine whatsoever, and fruit juices. You can drink malt barley extract (a spoonful in a mug of boiling water/ milk) or boil up barley itself and drink the water- this can be quite soothing.

You can also buy cranberry extract to take as drops, and tablets.

My 'normal' trigger before pregnancy was intercourse- I was advised to empty my bladder straight afterwards, which can help prevent an infection.

Another is not emptying your bladder fully- i.e. go for a pee, stay there a minute longer & try again. Since I've been pregnant, especially as the bump increases in size, I've noticed that I can't always tell if I've emptied my bladder completely, or sometimes I feel like I'm dying to go, but only a very small amount comes out. So as well as drinking plenty, I'd make sure you go to the loo every hour or two, whether or not you feel you need to or not. And try never to hold it in.

Also, lastly, different antibiotics are sensitive to different infections, so your GP should have tested your urine sample at the lab and not just with a dip stick in the surgery to prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic. It may be that you need to try a different type.

Good luck & I hope you feel better soon. X

mumt1 Sat 15-Oct-11 23:30:37

Any advise on kidney infections? That the same? In my first pregnancy I had it for 22 weeks. Wouldn't budge with out going on antibiotics that are very strong and shouldn't rly be taken when pregnant. And now I'm pregnant again, 12 + 4, I had another infection at 8 weeks took antibiotics and I don't think its gone.

KikiRC Sun 16-Oct-11 08:56:01

mumt1 A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract- i.e. the pipework leading from your bladder & out of your body, whereas a kidney infection is obviously the kidney itself- this can often develop from an untreated or undiagnosed UTI, and is a bit more serious/ painful. But the advice in general for avoidance and treatment is the same as for a UTI. You don't want anything to further irritate your bladder, so cut out caffeine & fruit juices (too acidic), try cranberry capsules, or malt barley. Keep yourself well hydrated, and empty your bladder regularly. Sex can certainly aggrievate it, make sure you empty your bladder straight afterwards- this can really help.

Are you seeing a specialist nephrologist or urologist for these recurrent infections? I'd ask to see one if you can- they can monitor you properly.

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