Every woman who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant has heard the statement, "You'll pee like a racehorse." And while it's true that some women will experience more frequent and intense urination during pregnancy, this is not always the case. There are many factors that affect your ability to pee during pregnancy and after delivery (such as whether or not you're breastfeeding). This article will help answer whether UTIs are harmful for babies in utero (or during gestation), how they occur and what treatments can be used before birth or after birth if necessary
Does UTI affect pregnancy?
UTI is a common infection that affects women of all ages. While UTI is not life threatening for the mother or baby, it can cause serious health problems if left untreated. For example, a mother who has an untreated UTI will be more likely to pass her infection on to her child during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- UTIs occur when bacteria infects the urinary tract (the tube that carries urine from your kidneys out through your urethra). The bacteria enter through these tiny openings called vesicles and cause inflammation in the lining of your bladder or ureters (the tubes connecting your kidneys to other organs in your body). This causes pain and sometimes bleeding as well as other symptoms like feverishness or nausea.*
How does pregnancy affect UTIs?
UTIs are more common during pregnancy.
Pregnancy affects the urinary tract in a number of ways, including increasing the risk of UTIs. The placenta grows inside your uterus and attaches itself to the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder). This can cause imbalances in how much oxygen reaches each part of your body, which increases the risk for infections such as cystitis (inflammation or infection) and pyelonephritis (inflammation or infection of one or both kidneys). The increased blood flow caused by pregnancy also makes it easier for bacteria to enter into inflamed areas like cysts or abscesses—and they're more likely to do so when you're pregnant.
Pregnancy also causes changes within certain parts of our bodies: we produce new hormones throughout our third trimester; these hormones may make us feel bloated; this bloating can lead us down a path towards developing an overgrowth condition called gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), which could result in GTD symptoms like feverishness without signs such as nausea vomiting diarrhea constipation
What are the symptoms of UTI during pregnancy?
- Frequent urination: If you're experiencing frequent need to pee, this is a sign that your body is having trouble regulating its own fluids. The pressure from being pregnant and having more blood flowing through your kidneys can make it hard for your bladder muscles to squeeze out all that extra fluid.
- Pain or burning during urination: A burning sensation in your vagina may be another sign of UTI during pregnancy. While this feeling will go away once treatment starts, it might also indicate an infection elsewhere in the body such as in the kidneys or bladder. It's important to note that while some women experience vaginal burning during pregnancy due to hormonal changes associated with being pregnant (and not a sign of an infection), others don't feel any pain at all!
- Urine that smells bad: Urine should always be clear; if it looks cloudy or has an unusual odor then something could be wrong—this includes smelling "fishy" like ammonia which could mean there’s bacteria present in urine samples collected by doctors during tests like urine culture tests performed on women who have missed their period or suspected they've had gynecomastia (nipple growth).
Is a UTI during pregnancy harmful for the baby?
You may be wondering if a UTI during pregnancy is harmful to your baby. The answer is no! A UTI during pregnancy does not affect the health of your baby, and it's not a reason to terminate pregnancy.
- UTIs are common in pregnant women and generally do not cause any long-term damage or complications in their children.*
- If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics for you to take until your symptoms clear up.*
How to prevent UTI during pregnancy?
- Wash your hands before and after using the bathroom, especially at night when you may not be able to see if you have dirt on them. Using soap and hot water for at least 10 seconds can help remove bacteria from skin surfaces.
- Do not hold in urine; this can lead to bacteria that survive outside of your body (urine). Urinate as soon as possible after feeling the urge while sitting down with a toilet paper roll nearby so that there isn't any delay between urinating and cleaning up afterward (this also helps reduce risk of contracting urinary tract infections).
If someone has recently had an episode where they did not fully empty their bladder due to stressors like pain or illness, then this can increase their chances of getting another infection later down the line since there will be more bacteria around waiting for something else like an injury/surgery which might make it easier for those germs get inside again!
What can I do for a UTI at home?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent an UTI while pregnant.
- Drink plenty of water. It's important to stay hydrated, especially during pregnancy. If you have frequent trips to the bathroom, drinking lots of water may be difficult if not impossible. Try adding lemon slices or cucumber slices into your drinking water if it makes you more comfortable doing so.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed by a doctor (if necessary). Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections caused by bacteria such as E-coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium(SENT), which can cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Some doctors may recommend using prophylactic antibiotics simply because they're better than nothing when dealing with this type of infection. It's important that women follow their doctor's instructions regarding when and how long they should take these medications; not taking them at all could result in severe consequences such as death from blood poisoning (septicemia).
How to identify that UTI is due to kidney infection and not a bladder infection?
The symptoms of a UTI are often more severe than those of a bladder infection. The most common symptoms include:
- Fever, chills and back pain
- Frequent urination (which can be accompanied by burning sensation during urination)
Is it safe to take cranberry juice while pregnant to treat UTI?
You can take cranberry juice to treat UTI during pregnancy, but it's not recommended. Cranberry juice is a natural remedy for UTIs and other urinary tract infections (UTIs), but as we mentioned earlier, pregnant women shouldn't drink it because of the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery. If you're still determined to try taking cranberry juice in hopes of treating your UTI naturally, here are some things you should know:
- Cranberries aren't just good for the urinary tract—they're also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that help fight free radicals in our bodies. So if you want an extra boost against UTIs while pregnant, consider adding some fresh cranberries into your diet!
- There have been no reports of adverse effects associated with consuming these berries when pregnant; however there are no studies specifically examining their safety on an individual basis.*
Your body goes through several changes during pregnancy and UTIs are one of them. Sometimes, pregnant women experience the first signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) only when they are pregnant.
- Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through several changes. These changes include the development of your uterus, which can make it harder for you to pass urine and may cause an increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- UTIs are common during pregnancy because some bacteria can thrive in this environment and cause an infection. The most common types of bacteria found in women's bladders are E coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, but other types may also be involved at times.*
- If you experience any symptoms associated with a UTI including pain or burning while urinating and frequent urination then it could be serious enough that you need treatment right away!
Having a UTI during pregnancy is not that common but when it happens, you need to take precautions to avoid dehydration. You can also try cranberry juice or drink more water and even use a diuretic. If you cannot get rid of the infection on your own, you should consult your doctor immediately.