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UTI During Pregnancy (Urinary Tract Infection)

UTIs are more common during pregnancy, as the expanding uterus is compressed making it easier for the bacteria to enter your urinary tract, but they’re also treatable. A few common reasons are:


  • Physical changes in the body 
  • Bowel bacteria
  • Hormonal changes
  • Group B Streptococcus- GBS (bacteria)
  • Intercourse 

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During pregnancy, you must take extra precautions and maintain hygiene to avoid infections in your intimate parts. Prevent the risk of getting UTIs during pregnancy, by taking a few precautionary measures. 


What is UTI?


Urinary Tract Infection, commonly known as UTI is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract of a woman. The infection is usually in the bladder or the urethra but in some serious cases, it affects the kidney as well. 


Prevention of UTI:


  • Stay hydrated - at least 8 glasses of water 
  • Wear cotton undergarments
  • Avoid tight pants 
  • Never hold back - don’t avoid nature calls 
  • Wipe from front to back 
  • Avoid feminine hygiene products - like douche, strong deodorants, soaps, etc.
  • Avoid drinks that may irritate your bladder - like alcohol, caffeinated drinks, etc.
  • Eat right - consume the nutrition your body needs during this time 
  • Practice good hygiene 


Not all women may show symptoms of UTI, but a piercing pain while urinating is one of the main symptoms of this infection. 


Common symptoms for UTI:


  • Sharp pain while urinating
  • Frequent need to urinate 
  • A very small amount of urine is discharged 
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen


In case of a kidney infection, you may have 


  • Bloody urine
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upper back pain
  • Chills 


In such cases, one must visit their doctor immediately. If ignored, the situation may get worse, the bacteria may enter your bloodstream causing other complications. It is best advised to take all the precautions possible, especially while pregnant in order to avoid any mishappenings. Do not forget to always practice good hygiene. 


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