Sunday, 19 January 2014

Urinary infection during pregnancy

Urinary infection is quite common in pregnancy. However, if untreated, it may cause some serious problems.

If you don’t spot your urinary tract infection in pregnancy in time it may lead to early delivery or smaller baby. Also, it may cause a serious kidney infection.  It is very important to catch the symptoms early, as this can make the treatment more successful and easier.
The symptoms of a urinary tract infection in women:

  • Pain or stinging sensation while urinating
  • Difficulties while urinating
  • Blood in your urine - urinary tract infection bleeding
  • Urinating too often
Also, you may experience an asymptomatic infection, which means that there will be no symptoms. Normally it is not treated, but if you are pregnant, you’ll have to take some antibiotics to get rid of it. That’s why it is essential for you to check your urine at least every two months.

When you’re pregnant, you are more prone to getting a UTI. Your uterus presses your bladder and other organs, making it easier for the germs to travel and live in your urinary tract. About five percent of women get some sort of urinary infection during their pregnancy. It is often accompanied by fungal infection, which is less dangerous but more annoying, as it can cause itchiness and nervousness.

How do you get a urinary tract infection? It’s usually a type of bacteria that lives inside you, in your bowels. It doesn’t do any harm there, but when it gets to your urinary tract, it will give you an infection.  The bacteria can travel from anus to vagina in different ways, during sex, when you wipe yourself after using the toilet, if you restrain yourself from peeing and other ways.  If your sex is too rough or in certain positions you usually practice while pregnant, your bladder may get inflamed, which can lead to UTI.
What can you do to prevent it?

  • Wipe yourself from vagina to anus, not the other way.
  • Try to urinate whenever you feel the urge, don’t hold it in.
  • Drink as much water as you can, and other liquids. Cranberry juice is known to prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Pee before and after sex, however unromantic it may sound.
  • Coffee and chocolate can irritate the bladder, and inflammation makes it easier for bacteria to stick around.
  • Don’t take baths, take long relaxing showers instead.
  • Wear cotton panties.
Kidney infection. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. They are signs that your urinary tract infection has progressed to your kidneys.

  • High fever, sweating or shaking
  • Lower back pain
  • Nausea and vomiting (more than usually)
Resources : Webmd and own experience


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