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#1 Bigmum

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:21 PM

I am feeling miserable.

I have just come home from the uk, and I have had an itchy bottom and discovered I have worms (I am sure, I had these as a young child, I remember them and the itching well sad.gif )

I am so scared. Information I have read says its not good for the baby as the worms thrive on the nutrients. I plan on going to the doctor, but wondering if the doctor can give me anything for it?

Has anyone been through this and can offer any advice.

I know this is gross and embarrassing, but I am here for the traffic. I am a clean person and wash my hands all the time...so a little stumped as to where it has come from, although dd has had tummy aches for 2 weeks- so better check her too.

#2 Benevolence

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:25 PM

It is not really that gross or embarrassing - especially when you have kids.  I'm sure you could go to the chemist and the pharmacist will tell you what you can take during pg.  It will be just one oral dose and the worms will be gone.  Unless you are malnourished and don't get it treated, I don't think it will harm your baby.

Good luck.

#3 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:26 PM

I would ring a pharmacist. They should be able to tell you over the phone what is safe for pregnancy, and you could probably get some tonight - if there is anything.

#4 NewMum99

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:28 PM

Oh that sounds miserable. No advice, but you can get worms from improperly handled food or from animals - it doesn't mean you're unclean in any way. I got them as a teenager from petting our dog.

#5 Fenrir

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:33 PM

From MIMS on Combantrin with Mebendezole(the chocolate squares):

QUOTE
Do not take Combantrin-1 with Mebendazole if you are pregnant or breast feeding unless advised by your doctor.


It si the same for ordinary Combantrin as well. Neither has been tested in pregnancy but the active ingredient isn't known to cause birth defects or complications.

Check with your Dr BEFORE taking it.

#6 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:36 PM

I could be wrong but I am sure I read that you should not take anything for worms when pg.  Something about the cycle will just break itself and die out within 6 weeks with good hygiene and handwashing.
Wouldn't be a very comfortable 6 weeks however.  I would definately check with your doctor before taking anything.

#7 Bigmum

Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:40 PM

thanks all, I am going to go to the doctor when dh is home, as I am in Singapore, I am not sure what the pharmacy will or wont supply as they aren't the same as australia. I am more inclined to beleive my doctors advice too. Given my history I am not willing to risk anything.

Thanks for your comfort. I am feeling a bit better about things.

#8 ~Alchemy~

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:23 PM

I would google natural ways to rid yourself. I recently told a pregnant friend to eat a shedload of raw garlic. She googled it and the garlic combined with a heap of grated carrot got rid of all the worms in both her and her toddler original.gif

There's ways around that awful toxic medicine.


#9 NewMum99

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (Bigmum @ 22/06/2011, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
as I am in Singapore, I am not sure what the pharmacy will or wont supply as they aren't the same as australia.


AHHHH! As I wrote earlier, I caught worms off my dog as a teenager. I grew up in Singapore. They're very common in the tropics! Also be careful. Having spent over a decade in Sing I know from experience the doctors do have a tendency to over-prescribe some pretty heavy duty medicine.

#10 ~Alchemy~

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE (fertile woman @ 22/06/2011, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am familiar with natural worming products and even they are not safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.



Raw garlic and grated carrot not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Better add that one to the list of brie cheese and deli meats then wink.gif

#11 BetteBoop

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:32 PM

Garlic suppository. Take one peeled garlic glove and put it up your bum. It's perfectly natural and will kill the worms.

BTW, there is nothing wrong with having worms. That's natural too and at any time most people have some type of parasite in their body. Don't worry about it. They won't hurt you or the baby.

#12 2 Gorgeous Girls

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:35 PM

I had them when I was pregnant last.  sick.gif

My Dr told me I couldn't take anything so I googled natural remedies and the only on that looked palatable was raw grated carrot first thing in the morning. It worked but whether it was a coincidence I don't know. I only ever saw one of them so I don't think it was very bad.

#13 Bigmum

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:36 PM

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Having spent over a decade in Sing I know from experience the doctors do have a tendency to over-prescribe some pretty heavy duty medicine.

haha...tell me about. One dd had tonsilitis and ended up with 4 meds for it!

I have checked dd#1, and she has them too. Given the timing of her tummy ache, looks like she got them in the last week of school before holidays.
Which times in with when i started getting itching too.

Ah the joys....
Newmum 99, is there a way to stop getting worms frequently, should I be boiling water before drinking it? Whats the go?

#14 censura carnero

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:47 PM

I got worms in my first pregnancy and my obstetrician had no problems with me being wormed.  They might be fine but they are not fun.  Be very careful with wiping your bottom.  The only thing worse than worms in your a*se is worms in your vagina.   biggrin.gif Hope no one is eating while they are reading this.

#15 Soontobegran

Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:48 PM

Combantrin  is generally thought to be safe in the third trimester of pregnancy with your doctors go ahead. OP as you are only in your second trimester I would stick to the natural remedies that PP's have recommended.

Don't be embarrassed----we all go through it at some stage original.gif

#16 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE
Garlic suppository. Take one peeled garlic glove and put it up your bum. It's perfectly natural and will kill the worms.


That sounds like a really good option - cheap, easy, natural.  And I'd imagine completely safe for breastfeeding and pregnancy.

#17 trish12a

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:11 PM

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I got worms in my first pregnancy and my obstetrician had no problems with me being wormed.


Me too, but I think I was in the 3rd trimester (could be wrong though).  My chemist was able to advise on which medication to take.

#18 The Falcon

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

Oh crap.  I took some while preg, 1st trimester. Now 37 weeks. I had no idea it was so bad.  Can anyone tell me what are the risks? What on earth have I done to my baby!!!

#19 NewMum99

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:23 PM

QUOTE (Bigmum @ 22/06/2011, 07:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is there a way to stop getting worms frequently, should I be boiling water before drinking it? Whats the go?


Unfortunately I never found a way to prevent getting them, *sigh* I don't think it's a water issue - Singapore's water is pretty good quality. It's all recycled so highly treated. I think it's an environmental issue.

Worms get into your system when you have the eggs on your hands and then put them to you mouth. So if you sneeze and cover your mouth you could be transferring them to your digestive system. Could be in hawker food? Could be on railings around your apartment complex? No idea why but they do seem to be everywhere. They're really annoying, but I don't think they're going to leave any lasting damage (although during pregnancy might be a different issue). They do also come and go on their own if you don't even treat them.

As soon as I moved back to Australia I did stop getting them.

*ah such fond memories!*

#20 Honeymummy

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:26 PM

relax kate789 surely if there was something wrong your anatomy scan would have picked it up..

#21 Soontobegran

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE (kate789 @ 22/06/2011, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh crap.  I took some while preg, 1st trimester. Now 37 weeks. I had no idea it was so bad.  Can anyone tell me what are the risks? What on earth have I done to my baby!!!


Most probably you have done no harm at all. original.gif  The pharmacist says that it should be taken under the care of the doctor but if you read up about it there have been no birth defects that can be attributed to taking Combantrin. It is one of those 'unknown entities' thus the warning.
I am sure if you have had all your scans that have shown your baby to be developing normally then it is!
Just be careful in the future that you read the leaflet that is included inside all meds and double check it is OK for your situation.
Please don't stress!

#22 s-m

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:47 PM

I took Combantrin at 21w. I definitely had worms. GP checked with specialist at the hospital before giving me the green light to take it.

Steph

#23 The Falcon

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:51 PM

Ok, thanks - I will calm down now!

#24 ~Panda~

Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (hab @ 22/06/2011, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I could be wrong but I am sure I read that you should not take anything for worms when pg.  Something about the cycle will just break itself and die out within 6 weeks with good hygiene and handwashing.
Wouldn't be a very comfortable 6 weeks however.  I would definately check with your doctor before taking anything.


I heard that too. To keep washing bed linen, shower in mornings and night, change undies frequently, wash under fingernails etc. Then they should be gone within 4-6 weeks.

I have also heard of the raw garlic and raw carrot, too.

#25 s-m

Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:28 PM

These ppl saying they will die out naturally in 6w... have you actually *had* worms??

Putting up with the itching all night every night for 6w would be absolute torture!!




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