What Is UTI And It's Risks During Pregnancy

Mon Feb 20, 2023

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common infections that can occur during pregnancy. UTIs are especially risky for pregnant women because of their potentially serious complications.

UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract and multiply. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs most commonly occur when bacteria from the rectum or vagina enter the urethra and travel to the bladder.

Sexual intercourse, the use of certain contraceptive methods, and pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of developing a UTI.

UTIs can cause a variety of symptoms in a woman’s body. That includes pelvic pain, urinary frequency and urgency, and cloudy or bloody urine. If left untreated, UTIs can lead to kidney infections, which can be very dangerous for both the mother and the baby.

What Are The Risks Of UTI During Pregnancy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common problem during pregnancy, and they can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women.

  • UTIs can cause preterm labour, low birth weight and other complications for the mother and baby.
  • In addition, as your belly grows, it becomes simpler for intestinal bacteria on your skin and in your gastrointestinal tract to enter your urinary tract and cause UTI.
  • Pregnant women who engage in a lot of sexual activity are also highly susceptible to UTIs.

What Are Common Signs Of Infection

If you think you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Common signs of a UTI in pregnancy include

  • a frequent and urgent need to urinate, pain or burning during urination,
  • cloudy or bloody urine,
  • abdominal discomfort or pain,
  • fever,
  • lower back ache,
  • nausea or vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to contact your doctor right away.

How To Prevent UTI During Pregnancy

Urinary tract infections are common during pregnancy and can be very uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent them.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid sugary beverages and alcoholic drinks.
  • It's also important to practice good hygiene - Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom, and always wear clean, cotton underwear.
  • You should also avoid using douches or feminine deodorant sprays.
  • try to urinate as soon as you feel the urge, as holding it in can increase your chances of getting an infection.
  • make sure you get regular prenatal checkups.
  • Avoid using unclean public bathrooms

Ashutosh Bhardwaj, MBBS, DCH, PGDUS, PGPN
He is a Pediatrician and Neonatologist with passion of teaching on pregnancy diet and nutrition, scientific womb talk trainer, and baby brain development trainer.

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