I recently gave birth to a baby girl (that’s another story – stay tuned!). When I was around 28 weeks pregnant I became unwell and tests revealed I had giardia. My obstetrician, as wonderful as he is, prescribed antibiotics, saying it was the only way to get rid of giardia. Further hunting around online showed that this was the most common belief, and that if I wanted to get rid of the infection I had no option but antibiotics.
There was one thing I was certain of and that was I would not take antibiotics while pregnant. Even supposedly safe antibiotics have not been fully tested to know the long-term effects on unborn children. The antibiotic I was prescribed (Flagyl) is a Category B drug and was described by my obstetrician as ‘very safe’ for use in pregnancy, yet I found studies showing that it was carcinogenic in the offspring of rats. There is evidence that antibiotic use during pregnancy can lead to birth defects, allergies in children and even childhood cancer (a few links – and there are many more, this is just a small selection – Common Antibiotics Tied to Birth Defects, Maternal Use of Antibiotics and Cancer in the Offspring, Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Asthma Rise). Any risk at all was too great for me, and I needed to find a natural alternative.
Unfortunately I had trouble finding advice regarding this matter. I suppose most pregnant women who are prescribed antibiotics simply take them on advice of their medical provider. I had to come up with my own plan. This is what I did.
1. I cut out all sugars, including fruit. Sugar suppresses the immune system and feeds disease. I needed my immune system to be working overdrive to kill this bacteria!
2. I took a probiotic twice a day and upped my intake of foods high in probiotics. 80% of our immune system is in our gut, so I needed my gut health to be optimal.
3. I drank freshly cold-pressed kale juice with organic kale from my garden. Kale juice removes waste from the intestines, and my intestines needed a good clean out to get rid of the bug!
I had no idea if my plan would work, but I was hopeful… and desperate. I’m pleased to say that the combination of the above cured me of giardia completely and within a week. I had no need to take the antibiotic and all the symptoms of my infection disappeared. I have had no sign of giardia since and I’m pleased and proud to have a healthy baby girl who was not unnecessarily exposed to drugs in-utero!