Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

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Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is filled with excitement of new beginnings alongwith some common problems such as UTI i.e. Urinary Tract Infection. You can get a urinary tract infection (UTI) at any time during pregnancy. The good news is that if a UTI is detected at early stage, it is easy to treat with antibiotics. And the bad news is that, if it is not recognized on time the condition can get serious or if left untreated then about 25 % cases develop into kidney infections and can be potentially life-threatening for both mother and baby. Read about the most common causes, symptoms and its treatment which can help you minimize your chances of getting it.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract system involves your urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys, when bacteria gets into this system, multiplies, and causes an infection. Most of the UTIs are bladder infections that can be treated easily. If remained untreated, it may travel to kidneys and cause a variety of complications like preterm labor, a low birth weight baby or sepsis.

Causes:

  • Intercourse is the most common cause of UTIs as bacteria’s from the colon and vagina enter into the urethra during sex.
  • Infrequent urination is another cause because urinating effectively can clear germs from your bladder and urethra.
  • Your enlarged uterus also stops you from emptying your bladder completely. When you urinate, this leaves a pool of urine in which bacteria can reproduce.

Symptoms:

You might experience any one or combination of given below symptoms:

  • A quick or sudden urge to urinate.
  • Pain or burning sensation while urination.
  • Stinking or cloudy urine.
  • Bloody urine.
  • Pain around pubic bone area.

Treatment:

Most of the UTIs are easy to treat. Consult your doctor, if you find any of the above symptoms for further treatment.

Preventions:

  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Stay hydrated and urinates frequently.
  • Urinate before and after sex.
  • Avoid caffeine and chocolate.
  • Drink cranberry juice.

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