(Closed) How to prevent UTI's/Bladder infections during pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@Mrs-Sunflower:  I get them a lot too. I started taking cranberry supplements, at least twice as many as the bottle says, every day about a month ago and I’ve had no problems yet. It’s supposed to help with preventing them and also with treating them when you have them. My mom treats them with tonnes of cranberry and no antibiotics. My doctor said vitamin C is also good for treating and preventing them. They both have something that changes the pH of your bladder to make it a more hostile environment for the bacteria.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I used to take the cranberry supplements as a precaution. I’m not sure if they helped or not – I stopped taking them a year or so ago to save money and I haven’t had any issues.

Aside from that, I would say drink plenty of water and always pee after sex, but you probably already know that.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Cranberry juice (actual cranberry juice not the cocktails that are loaded with sugar).

Pee right after sex and everytime you have to go. Do not hold it in.

Wipe front to back always.

Do not douche. Avoid irritating products like perfumed soaps and feminine hygiene deordorants.

Drink lots of water.

Avoid caffiene, it is known as an irritant to the urinary tract.

Stick with regular cotton underwear, do not wear thongs.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know.  I like to drink “JustCran” when things are feeling weird.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Azo Cranberry is great because it is a cranberry supplement that also has natural probiotics in it that help fight bacterial growth of UTI’s.  I take this whenever I feel the first symptoms of a UTI and I wake up the next day feeling fine.  I am prone to getting them a lot too and I hate taking antibiotics unless I must.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

i had them often as a young kid and drank cranberry juice a few times a week during my older teen years and havent had one in years! lots of water too! i also agree about the underwear, i stopped wearing ones that were nylon/poly type.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Take the anitbiotics now for the one you have. The antibiotics are much lower risk to baby than the UTI is.

As for prevention, drink up the water as much as you can and buy real cranberry juice. If you can handle it, get the 100% cranberry juice (not 100% juice and definitely not cocktail). Read the labels. Most “cranberry juice” (not cocktail) is actually apple, cranberry, pear, and sometimes other fruits. By the produce or the natural foods, you’ll find actual 100% cranberry juice. it’ll be expensive… like $5 or more for a quart… and will probably be in a glass bottle.

And then follow all the above advice about underwear, sex, etc.

AZO is not recommended during pregnancy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I sort of believe the cranberry juice / pills hype because a friend of mine who gets them all the time swears she has cured / prevented them with cranberry juice alone. But I recently read a paper describing a pretty detailed, controlled study with a large sample size that found no relationship between cranberry and UTI prevention at all 🙁   So I’m not sure what to believe. It probably can’t hurt, as long as you’re not feeding the bacteria with sugar from cranberry cocktail. But in general I think peeing when you have to go, peeing right after sex, keeping clean, and avoiding UTI triggers (for me: exercise bikes!) is the best way to go.

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