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clpsmum Tue 12-Aug-08 13:15:17

I am 23 weeks pg and have just been told i have a urine infection. midwife was very vague and just said i need anti biotics, she could not tell me how or why i got this infection or how serious it is. Can anyone shed any light and put my mind at ease???

lulalullabye Tue 12-Aug-08 13:22:04

Urine infections are very common in pregnancy. There are many reasons why you get them. A course of simple anti biotics from your gp will sort it out with no harm to you or your baby.

bethoo Tue 12-Aug-08 13:23:26

sometimes the bacteria from your rectum gets into your vagina because of the closeness etc. very common

sunshine185 Tue 12-Aug-08 15:13:57

don't worry, i never had a urine infection ever until ds1 when i was prone to them... absolutely no symptoms whatsoever!!

its good to have them diagnosed and treated as they can be quite dangerous to baby...

sunshine185 Tue 12-Aug-08 15:16:00

p.s. i guess it's just one of those pregnancy things!! i've now been diagnosed anaemic, but i eat red meat, iron rich food galore and even take pregnancare still at 24 weeks!!!

babylove123 Tue 12-Aug-08 15:16:13


dont panic - they can happen for a number of reasons. I suffer with them normally (when not pg) and have had prob 50+ courses of anti-biotics. Turns out i have a hyper-sensitive bladder and i have to keep drinking and drinking. Silly things like not drinking enough that day can cause inflamation that can turn into an infection so dont panic - just drink loads. Cranberry juice is a godsend!

LeonieD Wed 13-Aug-08 08:45:53

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babylove123 Wed 13-Aug-08 10:55:26

Hi Leonie,

Just wanted to ask you about your group b strep - did they screen you for it? Im going to see my midwife 2morro for my 25 week check up and im going to Q her on it.

CrushWithEyeliner Wed 13-Aug-08 11:02:06

very common - the bladder shortens in Pregnancy with the extra pressure which makes it less able to clean itself properly. AB are a must as is plenty of water x

bethoo Wed 13-Aug-08 11:04:29

i have GBS and had to have IV during labour and will agian this time. GBS is a funny thing in that you can have it but if it is lying dormant at the time of testing they cannot detect it. mine was picked up because it happened to be present in a urine sample.
30% of women carry it.

babylove123 Wed 13-Aug-08 11:21:52

Yeh, I am def going to broach it with the mw 2morro - my mum knows someone whos went un-detected and 2 out of her 4 kids died at birth It shld be screened as routine shouldnt it?!

LeonieD Wed 13-Aug-08 13:08:12

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babylove123 Thu 14-Aug-08 13:57:43

Thanks for the info Leonie.

I cant have penicillin either, they must have others for that case.

Seeing midwife this afternoon so going to bring it up. Think if she wont screen me, i'll go private. Think its around £35

LeonieD Thu 14-Aug-08 16:49:27

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ajm200 Thu 14-Aug-08 16:57:05

I've just been diagnosed with my second UTI in 6 weeks. The MW told me

You need to make sure that your bladder is really empty. Sometimes the weight of baby can make it seem like it is empty when it isn't. Pee until you think you've finished, then rock back and forth a couple of times to shift baby's weight a bit, then try again.

babylove123 Fri 15-Aug-08 13:04:44

Clarithromycin is the one i always have when i have a UTI. There is erythromycin aswell that they use for it but they tend to make me sick........

LeonieD Fri 15-Aug-08 15:44:25

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mears Fri 15-Aug-08 15:48:18

We use clindamycin as alternative. Yse cephalosprons are available IV but not the recommended treatment for GBS. ALL antibiotics have minimal risk of c.diff etc at the end of the day.

LeonieD Fri 15-Aug-08 18:37:38

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mears Sat 16-Aug-08 22:40:14

have you seen this site at all?

mears Sat 16-Aug-08 22:40:32

have you seen this site at all?

LeonieD Sun 17-Aug-08 08:38:16

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mears Sun 17-Aug-08 17:01:21

this information might be useful to you

In another post you said something about the baby having to have antibiotics if you don't take them in labout and baby having to be in SCBU.

We stopped that years ago and babies are observed postnatally with their mums. In the training package I have linked it tells you about that. We observe for longer than the training package recommends which I think should be looked at.

The risk of the baby being affected is very low even if colonised. The risk is less of course if the membranes remain intact.

Being a previous CS, if you go for VBAC you should have minimal intervention in labour.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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