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Dealing with urinary tract infections

Dealing with urinary tract infections

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Holding back for a long time can put you at risk of having a Urinary tract infection or UTI. Do not ignore the urge to urinate and urinate frequently.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Urinary tract infections or UTIs are one of the most common infections during pregnancy that can occur in any part of your urinary system such as your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.UTI during pregnancy can result in more complications because they are more likely to travel to the kidneys, causing kidney infection.

Hormonal changes along with changes in the position of the urinary tract help the bacteria to travel up the ureters to the kidneys and cause infection. For this reason, during the first three months doctors routinely screen you for bacteria in the urine.

Inform your doctor immediately if you have:

Holding back for a long time can put you at risk of having a Urinary tract infection or UTI. Do not ignore the urge to urinate and urinate frequently.

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Fever, tiredness or shakiness
  • Frequent urination
  • A bed smelling urine or your urine that appears cloudy or reddish in colour
  • Back pain or pelvic pain

If left untreated, a UTI could result in a premature baby or high blood pressure during pregnancy.

How Do You Treat UTI?

Treatment usually involves taking antibiotics to kill the infection. Usually symptoms clear up in a day or two making you feel better.However, you need to complete the entire course prescribed by your doctor to ensure that the infection is completely gone.

Remember to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. In terms of clothing chose soft cotton underwear. Avoid wearing tight pants, leggings, jeans etc as tight clothing can trap in moisture making you uncomfortable.

 

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