Urinary tract infection or UTI as it is commonly termed
is essentially urine that has bacteria in it. It causes
a burning sensation when you pee. UTI is quite a common
occurrence in pregnancy; as high as 1 in 10 pregnant
women suffer from this condition. Some women are more
prone than others; sometimes you can't even tell that
you have it.
• Hormone level, in this case progesterone,
shoots up which relaxes the urinary tract and bladder
• This causes urine to remain longer in your
• This becomes a perfect breeding ground where
the bacteria has the chance to accumulate and grow
• In the later part of pregnancy UTI increases
when the growing uterus presses on your bladder
and tract, thereby impeding the urine flow
to tell you have UTI..
• Basically, the bacterium from the rectum
travels up the urethra into your bladder where it
stays and multiplies.
• Sometimes, cystitis, a type of bladder infection
• Cystitis is a lower urinary tract infection;
it is painful, uncomfortable and when you pee it
causes a burning sensation which is sometimes accompanied
by some form of pelvic discomfort or abdominal pain
• The urine will appear cloudy with a foul
smell and the urge to pee is uncontrollable even
if the quantity is little
• There are times when you can't even tell
if you have an infection; it is only traceable when
you go for routine urine tests.
At the start of your pregnancy, during your first
prenatal test your urine culture will be taken and
analyzed. If you test positive during any of your
tests, you will be treated with antibiotics. If
UTI is left untreated for any reason, things can
get really worse. The chance of developing kidney
infection becomes very probable and the likelihood
for preterm labor or a low birthweight baby increases
when you are down with this infection. The symptoms
include chills, fever, nausea, abdominal or back
pain and cloudy or bloody urine. FYI, UTI can also
develop after the baby is born; it happens because
of the bruising during an assisted delivery or if
you had a catheter inserted.
can avoid UTI..
• Drink plenty of water, at least 8 oz glasses
every day, to keep the bladder functioning well
• Drink cranberry juice as it contains preventive
properties which disables bacterial growth and prevents
the possibility of UTI
• Empty your bladder regularly and avoid holding
on until the last moment
• Empty your bladder totally and don't ignore
the urge to pee, even if the quantity is scant.
Lean forward to ensure your bladder is as empty
• Wipe yourself from front to back to prevent
bacteria from the rectum to the urethra
• Keep your genital areas clean by cleansing
with a mild soap or cleanser and water; avoid using
anything harsh and scented, scented powders and
sprays as these backfire and cause irritation to
the urethra instead.
• Beverages and fizzy drinks contain caffeine
which induces cystitis like symptoms during pregnancy.
It will be worth the while to avoid them for a while
especially if your prone to this problem
In suspected cases, mid-stream urine will be taken
and sent for culture. In positive situations, a one
week course of antibiotics will be prescribed. Meanwhile
avoid over the counter medications. UTI can reoccur
despite antibiotic treatment. Seek treatment once