UTI During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Home Remedies & Treatment

UTI during pregnancy

What is UTI during pregnancy?

A Urinary Tract Infection is a medical condition where your urinary system gets infected with bacteria. This could infect the kidney or the bladder. This is very common during pregnancy.

Causes of UTI in pregnancy:

A UTI is more common in pregnant women due to the various changes occurring in the urinary tract. Progesterone hormone has relaxed the muscles of the ureter which connect the kidney and the bladder slowing down the passage of the urine. Also the uterus is expanding and exerting pressure causing some retention of urine. All these are conducive for the growth of bacteria.

A UTI is usually spotted by the following symptoms:

Symptoms of UTI during pregnancy:

  • Pain or a burning sensation when passing urine
  • Urge to urinate more often than usual or very urgently
  • Blood or mucous in the urine
  • Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen

It could be even more serious if you experience fever, shaking, shivering, nausea, diarrhoea, etc. In case of any of these symptoms talk to your gynaecologist who might prescribe a urine test to confirm the UTI.

In any case it is essential to get the UTI treated. Untreated UTI could lead to an infection in the kidney which may lead to pre-term delivery or low birth weight babies. If treated properly and at the early stages, it should have no effect on the baby.

You will be prescribed medications post which another urine test will be conducted to confirm that the UTI has been cured.

You could try the following home remedies to reduce your risks of a UTI -

Home remedies for UTI during pregnancy:

  • Don’t hold onto your urine, go immediately
  • After urination, wipe yourself front to back
  • Use a mild cleanser to wash the vaginal area after urination and sex
  • Drink a lot of fluids
  • If you’re having intercourse, empty your bladder immediately after.
  • Avoid any strong soapy substances like shampoo to wash up your vaginal area. Stick to plain water or something that is mild.
  • Cranberry juice has been known to decrease chances of getting a UTI but it’s not been proven yet, but you can take a chance, it’s not bad tasting either.

Again, never forget to talk to your doctor if you’re unable to handle the irritation and the soreness that comes along. You might be given other pain alleviation options.