Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Urinary tract infection has a very high occurrence in pregnancy. Its most common sign is severe burning of urine and you will have urge to pee very frequently even if the amount of urine is very less. Then the urine can be cloudy and becomes foul smelling.

The lady can experience discomfort and pain in her back and lower abdomen. The main cause of infection is retention of urine in bladder. Due to hormonal influence in pregnancy the whole urinary tract muscles gets somewhat relaxed. It results in accumulation of urine. So bacteria get a chance to multiply and make the condition worse.

If you are facing such symptoms they should not be avoided or taken lightly as they can convert into serious infection of kidney, high grade fever, nausea, chills ,severe weakness etc. In extreme conditions they can cause threat to the baby and can induce pre term labor.

Prevention
Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water every day.

Stop intake of alcohol and other beverages which contain caffeine.

Take lots of lime, oranges and cranberry juice. It helps in hampering the growth of bacteria. It has high content of vitamin c which makes urine more acidic hence lowering the growth of bacteria.

Try to take a lot of fiber in your diet.

Always keep your genital area clean. Wear cotton panties which avoid moisture to retain in the private parts. You can use very mild soap to clean them.

Mainly the bacteria from rectum are responsible for causing this condition, so try to maintain proper hygiene. Always it is said that wipe from front to back after a bowel movement. It hampers the transfer of bacteria from anus to urethra.

avoid sex completely in such situation.
Try to urinate as frequently as possible. Never try to delay the urge to pee. So this will not allow the bacteria to accumulate and multiply in number.

After taking proper precautions if there is infection you should consult your gynecologist and follow the antibiotics course prescribed by her strictly.

Never try to skip or stop the medicines before the completion of full course. This may cause relapse of infection.



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