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Urinary tract infection (UTI) FOR PREGNANT MOTHER

Urinary tract infection (UTI), also called bladder infection, is a bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract. Pregnant women have an increased risk of UTI starting in week 6 to week 24.

Why urinary tract infections (UTI) are more common during pregnancy?

• UTI is more common during pregnancy because there is a change in the urinary tract. Rahim sit directly on top of the bladder. Due to the growing uterus, uterine weight increase can block the flow of urine from the bladder and it can cause a UTI.

What are the signs and symptoms of UTI?

• If you have a urinary tract infection, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
• Pain or discomfort when passing urine
• The need to urinate more often than usual
• immediate feeling when you urinate
• Blood or mucus in the urine
• Pain in the lower abdomen
• Pain during intercourse
• Chills, fever, sweating, urine unconsciously excluded
• Wake from sleep to urinate
• Changes in the amount of urine, either more or less
• Urine that looks cloudy, foul-smelling or unusual
• Pain, pressure, or tenderness in the bladder area
• When the bacteria spread to the kidneys you may experience: back pain, chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

How UTI will affect your baby?

• If the UTI is not treated, it can lead to kidney infections. Kidney infections can cause premature birth or low-weight babies. If your doctor treats a urinary tract infection early and properly, UTI will not cause harm to your baby.

How do you know if you have a UTI?

• A urine test can detect UTI during your pregnancy.

How UTI be treated?

• UTI can be treated with antibiotics where it is taken safely during pregnancy. Doctors will often prescribe antibiotics for 3-7 days is safe for you and baby.
• Contact your doctor if you have fever, chills, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, contractions, or after taking the medication for three days, you still have an uncomfortable feeling when you urinate.

How can you prevent UTI?

• You may still experience a urinary tract infection if you do everything, but you can reduce the odds by doing the following:
• Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day and unsweetened cranberry juice regularly.
• Avoid refined foods, fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
• Take Vitamin C (250-500 mg), beta-carotene (25,000 to 50,000 IU per day) and Zinc (30-50 mg daily) to help fight infection.
• To develop a habit of urinating as soon as you begin to feel and empty your bladder completely when you urinate.
• Removal of urine before and after s3x.
• Avoid having intercourse while you are being treated for a UTI.
• After urination, make sure the genitals dry (do not rub), and make sure you clean the genital area. Make sure you wipe from front to back.
• Avoid using strong soaps, douches, antiseptic creams, feminine hygiene sprays, and powders.
• Change underwear and pantyhose every day.
• Avoid wearing tight pants.
• Wear all underwear made of cotton.
• Do not soak in the bathtub longer than 30 minutes or more than twice a day.