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Hi everyone, my name is Laura, I am 24, I am starting my 5th month of my second pregnancy, and I have a 2.5 year old son. I was hoping to post a kind of concise personal history and eagerly accept your take on things ; ).
I struggle with Candida something fierce. I had migraines, bouts of taccacardia, repeat UTI's-always with normal paps, seasonal indoor/outdoor allergies, tested positive for a ton of food allergies even though I could never trace back my symptoms to those specific foods and had observable reactions to others that I tested negative for, frequent illnesses, etc. growing up and no one could ever connect any of the symptoms. After slews of tests I was diagnosed with hypersensitivity. I basically gave up asking questions. Until I had my son.
When we started our nursing relationship I had terrible cracks that opened up into large scabs on my nipples from nursing him, felt awful, and eventually realized I had thrush. This led to the beginning of all of my research which gave me the following conclusions about myself.
Migraines, fatigue, mood swings, oral, vaginal, nipple thrush/yeast, IBS like symptoms, brain fog, itchy skin, nail fungus that comes and goes, food sensitivities, asthma, allergies, seemingly weak immune system-get sick easily/often.
Likely Predisposing Factors:
C-section born, formula fed, lived in house with smokers, frequent courses of broad spectrum anitbiotics when I was growing up, started birth control pills as a teenager and continued for three years, and the pregnancy, birth, nursing hormonal cycle.
What I have learned about me so far:
Dairy is my biggest culprit except for butter in my cooking that doesn't seem to bother me, gluten makes me feel hazy and lethargic, I also feel really crappy-upset stomach, itchy, etc-if I eat soy, caffeine, certain shell fish, or a heavy amount of beef. It just feels like they can't be processed by my system so everything becomes out of whack. My biggest trigger for increased candida symptoms is my hormones. Right before my period it always flares up. Pregnancy makes me way more sensitive to flare ups as well and the extreme hormonal adjustments following childbirth and involved in the establishment of a milk supply make things totally nuts. All my usual symptoms to the tenth power.
I also noticed that I am sort of hyper sensitive to certain things. I cannot shower with heavily fragranced soaps- I do best with olive oil soaps that have dead sea mud in them, have to wear cotton bras only, and do best with white cotton underwear that I can bleach between uses.
My biggest concern is the baby being born and us traveling down the same road as my son and I did. He was a baby with a lot of upset stomach, gas, thrush, and sicknesses that seemed to mutate for him when he caught even the smallest cold from a play buddy. His saliva became so acidic in his mouth from the yeast that it caused severe tooth decay and he had to under go serious dental work under general including four extractions and four baby root canals. Breastfeeding should have given him the best start possible, but there was so much that I didn't/don't understand about my health problems and how they relate to him.
I have read so much and tried so many things and there just seems to be major gaps in my understanding. Any help will be greatly, greatly appreciated. TIA.
Beet Test (stomach acid?)
The women here are SOOOO very knowledgeable--I bet you'll find this resource helpful!
My own story is here: http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/healing-leaky-gut-with-food
and has some amazing recommendations that were very helpful for me...
Sorry I have no real advice--just wanted to say hello, and hang in there mama!!!
I would strongly recommend seeing a classical homeopath. And start water kefir, maybe coconut water kefir, for the significant probiotic benefits. That will help strengthen the microbial balance in your guts, which is 70-80% of our immune system.
Yeast is an outward manifestation of an impaired immune system. Try yogurt vaginally. And add magnesium, vit C, zinc to your diet. Stop sugar and the foods that are most highly allergenic: dairy, soy, wheat/gluten, corn for 6+ weeks.
Do you have/had any mercury fillings in your teeth?
What probiotics have you been taking so far, how long?
What supplements do you take, describe your diet?
Are you keeping a food journal? It sounds like there are more foods which YOU are reacting to, perhaps. Generally, it is the mama's leaky gut which baby has difficulty with. I always recommend whole food probiotics.
Are you doing any Bubbies sauerkraut or water kefir, fermented vegetables, coconut yogurt? Cabbage products help with stomach acid which helps improved bio-availability of nutrients which help to open detox pathways.
The gut is 70-80% of the immune system. It all starts with nutrient-dense foods, effective digestion (with adequate stomach acid), absorption of nutrients (in the gut with balanced microbials), and detoxification of the chemical byproducts of foods and environmental toxins by the liver, with adequate bio-available nutrients to support the detox pathways.
I would do whole food probiotics, cod liver oil, magnesium, vit. C, zinc, coconut oil, bone broths, green juices. Support the immune system. You want to start slowly with probiotics, imo.
Gut healing: Where to start? Help 101 http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1096747
1. Epsom salt baths.
2. Bone broth.
3. Green juices or liver.
4. Water kefir.
This is my "Cliffs Notes" version for healthy guts. http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/help-for-my-husbands-health?page=1&commentId=2814160%3AComment%3A3688&x=1#2814160Comment3688
Lauren's thread above has a lot of info for a nursing/pregnant mama with candida and heavy metal concerns. Here is another about yeast killing for mama and child: http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1097922&h...
This thread is a 1, 2, 3 what to do when you are overwhelmed. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=14210544&...