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  • IC Safe Antibiotics- 37 weeks pregnant

    Hi all,
    I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant (like Brandywine). My IC has been under control for most of my pregnancy but now given that the baby's head is lower in my pelvis I have been getting very sharp bladder pain with only tiny amounts of urine. I'm trying to drink a lot and keep things flushed out and it seems to be working so far.
    My problem is though that I tested positive for a bacteria called Group B Strep (GBS). I think about 20-40% of women carry this bacteria in their intestines/vagina and it normally causes no problems. It can however be transferred to the baby during delivery and make the baby very sick. It is recommended that I go on an IV drip of antibiotics just before and during labour. I have allergies to penicillin (causes breathing trouble for me) so my doctor needs to find an alternative that I won't react to. I also need to find one that is safe for the baby and of course one that won't flare up my IC. I know that in the past I have used Erythromycin and it flares up my IC so that is out. I have a sneeky feeling that I have used Macrobid in the past and been okay. Is Macrobid an IC safe antibiotic? It it Macrodantin that is not safe? If anybody here could give me a list of the IC safe antibiotics I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe Donna would know? At least if I know it is IC safe, I can speak with my doctor and see whether it would effectively kill of the GBS and not harm my baby.
    Sorry that this is so long and thanks for taking the time to read it! I appreciate any replies that I get.

  • #2
    I think at this point, your doctor is your best resource. The primary thing here is to keep your little one safe --- I am also allergic to penicillin (and sulpha). What my doctor does is to do a culture and I take the antibiotic that will most efficiently treat the infection (my last one was a sinus infection). I don't usually flare from antibiotics, but if I did, that would be temporary and the most important thing is to get rid of the infection.

    There isn't any list of irritating antibiotics that I am aware of --- we are all very different and can react differently to medications.

    Sorry I can't be more help.

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    • #3
      I agree with Donna your Dr, would be your best resource for this.

      I think for the most part ab's don't bother the bladder, and if they do it is from a colourant or something like that, an IV ab won't have that anyways.

      I have had IV ab's quite a few times don't know what and was noy preg at the time, but none have bothered my bladder.
      My are with you all. May you all find a way to peace and joy in your lives.


      • #4
        I am almost 37 weeks pregnant and having recurring UTI during my pregnancy. My dr gave me Macro several times. I think Macro is safe up to 38 weeks (read from my prescription) I have the same issue as you do. It's really uncomfortable and I cannot sleep at all. I keep going to bathroom a lot but very little comes out...... I just want to get it over with....

        IC Diagnosed in September, 2005

        My conditions are : IC, PFD, Allergies, and Constipation

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