A urinary tract infection (UTI) is quite common in women. If you are pregnant, your risk for developing a UTI is increased starting at week 6 through week 24. A UTI, also called a bladder infection, is bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract; which is due to the changes in the urinary tract during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, its weight can start to block the drainage of urine from the bladder, causing an infection.
An untreated UTI can lead to a kidney infection which can cause early labor and low birth weight. Fortunately, UTI’s during pregnancy can be safely treated. Below are a few common symptoms. See the complete list.
Symptoms of a UTI:
- Pain or burning (discomfort) when urinating
- The need to urinate more often than usual
- A feeling of urgency when you urinate
- Blood or mucus in the urine
Having a UTI may sound scary, especially while pregnant. However, implementing healthy habits, such as drinking lots of water and avoiding refined foods, may help you avoid one. Learn more about symptoms, treatment, and ways to reduce the causes of getting a UTI.
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