Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Potential TMI Warning: Pregnancy is SO Much Fun!

Remember what I said yesterday about my Braxton Hicks contractions? Yeah, they continued through this morning, even though I was guzzling water like no tomorrow (seriously, I must have drank 64 oz by 9am). So, I called the doctor's office, and they squeezed me in this morning. The good news: I am NOT experiencing preterm labor. The bad news? I have a UTI, otherwise known as a Urinary Tract Infection which may have been causing the BH contractions, cramping, and achiness.

So, the normal route of treatment is to prescribe an antibiotic, which they did. However, antibiotics and me have a love-hate relationship. I'm allergic to penicillin and cephalosporins, which eliminates a bunch of possibilities right there. I'm also allergic to several other drugs, most of which are used to treat UTIs. Add in my pregnancy, and you have an OB who is sitting there muttering, "No...can't have that...allergic to that...can't have that...we'll give you Bactrim."

So join me in praying that this course of Bactrim (the second in six weeks, because I had a UTI in October) will do the trick, and I will be UTI-free for the rest of my pregnancy. Otherwise, I might just have to track down some brilliant pharmacist and convince him/her to invent a drug that is safe for pregnancy and not penicillin or a cephalosporin.

Our house is quiet tonight. Nora is with my parents and will be there until early tomorrow afternoon. I didn't get as much done as I wanted today, because I spent some time at the doctor's office and then guzzling water/resting. However, most of the downstairs is clean, so tomorrow I'll get the upstairs done. That includes Nora's room, which is currently a disaster area.


Mompriest said...

Have you tried drinking cranberry juice? The real stuff, cranberry juice sweetened with grape juice, not the sugary Ocean Spray stuff? The Ph of cranberry juice helps the Ph of the UTI and reduces and or eliminates the ick that causes UTI....the professionals may say it doesn't work. But it always has for me. Every time.

Anyway, hope you feel better!

Anonymous said...

I'm with MP... drink cranberry juice... it's great for UTI's. It seems to just make "down there" feel better faster than drugs.