Pregnancy

Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused when the urine has bacterial infection. Urinary tract infection is common during pregnancy and results in a burning sensation while you urinate.

Causes of UTI:

In the case of pregnancy, the level of progesterone shoots up and this results in a relaxing of  the urinary tract and bladder. This urine then remains in the system of your body for a quite long time and the uterus of a pregnant woman is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to survive.
In the later part of pregnancy the chances of developing an UTI grows as the uterus puts pressure on the urinary bladder and urinary tract. As result, urine is impeded.

Symptoms Of UTI:

  • Pain while urinating.
  • Passing urine frequently.
  • Pain in lower abdomen.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Fever or high temperature
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

Steps to avoid UTI:

  • Increase fluid intake, especially that of water. At least 8 ounces of water a day is compulsory when you are pregnant.
  • Cranberry juice is essential as it has preventive properties to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Make sure that you empty your bladder at frequent intervals. Do not wait for the last moment to go to the bathroom.
  • Wipe yourself at back and front properly so that no infection can reach your urethra.
  • Keep your genital organs clean in order to avoid any kind of infection.
  • Avoid use of scent or scent powders on or near your genital area as this will create an irritation in the area.
  • Avoid intake of fizzy drinks and beverages as they contain caffeine which can provoke bacterial growth. Chances increase if you are prone to disease.

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