Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

August 16, 2010 by  
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Urinary tract infections, also known as bladder infections or cystitis, are a common problem during pregnancy. As your uterus expands, it places pressure on the bladder and the ureters, the tubes that connect the kidneys and the bladder. This leads to a greater susceptibility to urinary tract infections.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

It is not uncommon to have a urinary tract infection and not notice it at first.

Symptoms of urinary tract infection may include the following:
  • frequent urination
  • urgency to urinate
  • burning in the urethra or burning upon urination
  • pelvic pain
  • back pain in the area of the kidneys
  • urine may be foul smelling, cloudy, and possibly contain blood

Are there Risks Associated With Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection can be dangerous in the event it spreads to the kidneys. Kidney infection can cause preterm labor. Symptoms of a kidney infection are the same as a bladder infection. Additionally there is often a fever, chills, blood in the urine, backache, nausea and vomiting.

If you have these symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately for treatment.

How is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Treated?

UTI is treated with antibiotics. If the infection has spread to the kidneys, IV antibiotics may be necessary.

Can Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) be Prevented?

Urinary tract infections can often be prevented by the following:
  • Make sure you are consuming adequate fluids, especially pure water.
  • Don’t hold your urine in. This increases the likelihood of infection.
  • Always wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina.
  • Avoid perfumed soaps, deodorants, and toilet tissue.
  • Empty your bladder before and after intercourse.
  • Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice has been proven to help prevent infections.

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