Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are common to get during pregnancy. This is because the uterus sits on top of the bladder, and as the uterus grows it can stifle the drainage of urine from the bladder. The risk of a UTI is increased through week 6-24. Some women are more susceptible to UTI’s than others. There is no guarantee that you will get a urinary tract infection when you are pregnant, it’s just that there is increased risk of contracting one when pregnant. Read on for more information about urinary tract infections and pregnancy, including how to treat a urinary tract infection during pregnancy.
Symptoms of a UTI
Some UTI symptoms are a part of normal pregnancy, including the need to pee more often than usual, an increased urgency to pee, and waking up to pee. This is because the uterus grows on top of the bladder and literally presses the issue. However, if you feel like these symptoms are more intense than usual, or they are paired with other UTI symptoms, be sure you contact your doctor right away. Other symptoms of a UTI include: discomfort, pain, or burning, when you urinate; blood or mucus in your urine; pain during sexual intercourse, cramps or pain in the lower abdomen; fever, chills, sweats; leaking of urine, incontinence; more or less pee than usual; foul or strong smelling urine; cloudy urine; tenderness, pressure, or pain in the bladder area. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor right away.
How to Treat a Urinary Tract Infection
Be sure you treat a UTI right away or it can lead to a kidney infection. A kidney infection may lead to low birth weight and early labor. Simply treating the UTI will not harm your baby. UTI’s are tested through urinalysis or a urine culture in a lab or doctors office. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics that are safe for you and your baby if the test comes back positive.
How to Prevent UTI’s
While you can do everything right and still get a UTI, there are measures you can take in order to mitigate the issue. Drink enough water every day, 64 or so ounces will do the trick. Also, you can drink unsweetened cranberry juice. Stop eating refined foods and sugar, discontinue drinking caffeine and alcohol. Boost your immune system with vitamin C, Beta carotene, and zinc. When you feel the need go to the loo, go immediately and fully empty your bladder. Pee before and after intercourse, and don’t have sex when you are being treated for a UTI. Wipe your genital area from front to back, and keep the area clean. Change your underwear and pantyhose every day and only wear all cotton panties. Avoid wearing tight fitting pants. Use mild soaps without fragrances. If you take a bath, try not to soak for longer than 30 minutes. Do these things to lower your UTI risk.