UTI in Pregnant Women
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UTI in Pregnant Women

Pregnancy increases a woman's chances of having UTI. This is because the uterus is located directly above the bladder and as the uterus grows, it will increase in weight and press on the bladder effectively causing some blockage in the flow of urine from the bladder.

Urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection involving the urinary tract. Although it is a simple infection and is very much treatable, having UTI can be very irritating and quite painful too. The symptoms of UTI include the frequent urge to urinate but with little or no urine, the urine appears cloudy or sometimes tinged with blood, pain or discomfort at the start or after urination and fever.

Women in particular are prone to having urinary tract infection due to the proximity of the female genital to the anal region making it easier for the infectious bacteria to enter the vagina, pass through the urethra and to the bladder.

Pregnancy also increases a woman's chances of having UTI. This is because the uterus is located directly above the bladder and as the uterus grows, it will increase in weight and press on the bladder effectively causing some blockage in the flow of urine from the bladder. When this happens, the bladder will not be emptied out completely making room for the bacteria to spread and cause infection. Aside from this, the urine becomes less acidic and will contain more glucose making it more conducive for the bacteria to grow and infect the bladder.

Thus it is important for a pregnant woman to talk to her doctor when she suspects that she has UTI or she is experiencing symptoms of UTI. She will be required to take urinalysis to actually determine if there is an infection and to know the right dose of antibiotics to be given. Antibiotics are generally safe for pregnant women and their babies. If UTI in a pregnant woman is left untreated, this will pose serious complications to the mother and the baby. Untreated UTI is cause uterine contractions, pre-term labor and even premature delivery. The baby may also have low birth weight. Other complications of UTI include hypertension but whether the hypertension is the cause or the effect is not yet clear. Anemia is also connected with UTI which will possibly lead to less oxygen for the growing baby.

With these complications, it is most advisable for a pregnant woman to do all things necessary in order to prevent the infection of her urinary tract. Given that she is already prone to getting UTI, she must therefore be vigilant in drinking plenty of water each day. A pregnant woman should also avoid or lessen her intake of beverages with caffeine, fruit juices and sugar. Alcohol should be avoided entirely. Vitamin C should also be taken together with Beta-carotene and zinc to help eliminate bacterial infection. When there is an urge to urinate do so immediately and make sure to empty the bladder completely. Avoid using harsh products such as soaps and feminine wash, douches and sprays that have the potential to irritate the urethra.

References:

www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications

womenshealth.about.com

www.medicinenet.com

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Comments (6)

I had one once when I was pregnant. It was awful. very good article.

Very well presented article with valuable info.Voted up.

This is outstanding information.

great information for would-be mothers. good to know!

Page love -- have a great day! : )

jhing prado sarmiento

its great to read how to prevent UTi durig pregnancy...

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