Pregnancy

Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is the infection of the bladder where there is an inflammation of the urinary tract. Pregnant women are among those who are at a greater risk of suffering this infection. Urinary tract infections during pregnancy are very common in women. The growing uterus mainly causes it because when the uterus grows, it blocks the urine drainage from the bladder, allowing bacteria to grow, thus causing infection.

Signs and symptoms

Urinary tract infection during pregnancy can make you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness, pressure, or pain in the bladder area
  • Urine that smells foul, strong, and cloudy
  • A change in the amount of urine
  • Waking up in the night from sleep to urinate frequently
  • Fever, sweats, chills, and urine leakage
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or cramps in the lower abdomen
  • Mucus or blood in the urine
  • Feeling of urgency to urinate
  • Burning or pain when urinating

Will the UTI affect the Baby

If the urinary tract infection is not treated properly then it can lead to infection of the kidneys. These infections can result in early labor and low birth weight of the baby. If the UTI is treated early then it will not cause any harm to the baby. You will know that you are suffering from this infection by doing a urinalysis or urine culture at your doctor’s office.

Consult your doctor when you find the above symptoms to avoid further complications like kidney infections. Take the prescribed treatment without fail to have a healthy pregnancy and also for the health of the unborn baby. Some of the signs of a kidney infection are:

  • High fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cloudy or blood in the urine
  • Chills
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain above the waist

When you find these symptoms seek immediate treatment. Neglecting these symptoms could harm both you and the baby. You can also avoid UTI’s by drinking plenty of water and wiping from front to back when you urinate, instead of from back to front, which brings bacteria to the bladder.

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