Try D-mannose for UTI
I experienced my first bladder infection during my second pregnancy. In fact, I had three UTIs during that pregnancy. They were partly due to how I carried my son. He felt low and put pressure on my bladder. I even commented to the doctor late in my pregnancy about how low the baby felt. He joked that he didn’t see an arm or a leg yet.
While I knew he was trying to be funny, I wasn’t laughing. Getting up during the night to go to the bathroom became routine. To my surprise, after the baby was born that routine didn’t change, and UTIs became a regular part of life.
I wondered if being on antibiotics so often could be contributing to the problem. I started looking for a more natural answer. Someone told me that baking soda was used to treat bladder infections during WWII when antibiotics were scarce. I tried it. This kind of worked, but also gave me diarrhea, and you have to make sure you take in vitamin C while you’re using it.
Then I mentioned to a friend that I felt a UTI coming on and she told me about D-mannose. It is said to prevent certain kinds of bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection. She said to add 1 tsp. of D-mannose to 8 ounces of water three times a day at the start, and as symptoms diminished, to use ½ tsp. once a day to help prevent a bladder infection.
The good news for me is that it has worked for years with only one UTI requiring antibiotics. It is not a cure for UTIs but helps prevent them. It’s a white powder that mixes easily in water and has almost no taste. If you’re like me and struggle with frequent UTIs, talk to your doctor about D-mannose. It’s worth a try.
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