Treating a UTI infection NOT with meds

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Dr wants my preggo friend to take a rx that could cause malformations in the baby! But claims if she leaves it untreated that it could cause preterm labor if kidney issues arise from it. Suggestions on natural remedies aside from water and cranberry juice? She presents zero symptoms.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/16/2015

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Oh, but you think "hippy moms" will know home remedies that clinically work properly on bacteria forming and WHICH type of bacteria to treat in the urinary tract that will absolutely 100% not harm the baby that will actually work? How about no. She certainly does not need to take the medicine that the doctor is recommending, but another doctor may understand her concerns and find a better product or natural remedy. You are asking people that do not know your friends medical history, what kind of UTI she has, and her babies growth and development in utero. But that is safer than asking a trained doctor?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/16/2015

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I had UTIs while pregnant with both, treated both with a combo of cranberry juice and prescribed meds, and both of my kids were fine.

Saying that "Obviously a dr doesn't know natural remedies, only medicine " actually does a disservice to physicians. Where do you think that remedies initially came from??? Nature, and physicians have adapted them over the centuries.

UTI really needs to be treated with the appropriate antibiotics, and there are SEVERAL from which to choose. If your friend is concerned with the prescription she's been given, she either needs to revisit the initial physician and explain her concerns, or get a second opinion, and again, explain her concerns.

We're not 'hippie' moms. Not that 'hippie' moms would have any effective suggestions. Actually, my hippie friend forced me to go in with my UTI during my first pregnancy, and that was after she told me about the cranberry juice. Her words were: "There is no real NATURAL remedy for this, only natural substances that will help mitigate symptoms. You REALLY need to see a physician and get meds for this one."

I think you may be confusing the hippie culture with the Amish culture, which is one that would rather try natural everything than take medical advice, which is their prerogative, but not necessarily the best advice.

Also, as the others have stated, one should NEVER rely on medical advice from strangers on the internet, unless that advice is to seek a physician's assistance.

Dove - posted on 08/16/2015

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I took meds for a UTI when I was pregnant w/ my son. I also had no symptoms, but I'm not about to mess around w/ something like that.

No... this isn't a hippie mom site. This is a site open to any and every mother throughout the entire world... and I would never, ever, ever trust any 'medical advice' on here that does not include... check w/ your doctor. Yes, untreated UTIs can cause preterm labor and permanent damage.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/16/2015

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Maybe have her consult with another doctor instead of taking advice from people on line?

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Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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Speaking clinically, UTIs are very common during pregnancy. There are safe FDA approved antibiotics that pose little or even no risk to a developing fetus. That is why medications are placed in pregnancy class A,B,C,D,A and X. X being a teratrogen and should NEVER be prescribed during pregnancy, thru A, generally considered safe at any time of a pregnancy. If your friend is allergic to penicillin or sulfa, then those most common options would not be choices but there are many others. Also, when the urine sample is cultured the lab check to see if the bacteria is sensitive or resistant to certain medications, thus either indicating or eliminating them as options.
Home remedies, like cranberries juice, baking soda baths, drink large amounts of water will help alleviate symptoms but are not generally curative as they are not antimicrobial agents.
The risk of leaving a UTI untreated are usually greater than treating it with medication. In an era before penicillin or other medications, women still got UTIs and they did all perish from them. Can your own immune system kill off the bacteria and you recover from a UTI without intervention? Sure. However, a bladder infection can progress rapidly to a kidney infection, especially during pregnancy and the best plan IMO is a combination of home remedies and traditional western medication.
I would never advise a pregnant mother take a homeopathic remedy, as they are not regulated by the FDA and often have unknown ingredients, side effects and do not have the same regulatory standards as typical prescription antibiotics.

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I certainly understand where you all are coming from. Asking a physician for an alternative rx is an obvious answer. However, all I was seeking for was natural methods other moms have used to help alleviate or fix this situation. I was not aiming to take all your tips and dispense them as the best and only cure all for this friend.

Thank you all for advice given.

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Not the most helpful suggestion but thank you. I suppose this isn't the hippy mom forum I was looking for? Obviously a dr doesn't know natural remedies, only medicine and he medicine he is prescribing has a potential side effect of malforming the baby's limbs. So if any seasoned mom knows of a gentle natural remedy that won't hurt the baby or mom, I am all ears and appreciate the feedback.

Kathy Ann - posted on 08/16/2015

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Baking soda in bath water -which I have tried and helps, apple cider vinegar in a glass of water for drinking -which I haven't tried but has good reports. Avoid sodas.

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