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Urinary Tract Infection

This is more common amongst pregnant women because there are changes on the position of the urinary tract during pregnancy. Since the uterus is right above the bladder it has the tendency to block urine drainage, therefore, causing bacterial infection.

A urine infection is caused when bacteria gets into your urine. Here is list of things this could cause.

  • Asymptomatic bacteriuria
  • Cystitis (bladder infection)
  • Kidney infection

What causes a Urinary Infection?

The majority of Urine infections are caused by bacteria from you own bowel. They are normally harmless if they stay with the bowel but if they spread they can cause infection in other parts of your body.

Pregnant women are more prone to these infections probably due to increase in hormone levels in pregnancy.

Should you be checked for Urinary Infections in pregnancy?

Yes you should get a test from your doctor. Treatment should be applied if any infection is found. After the infection is away you should regularly tested for any further infection throughout your pregnancy.

How do you treat a Urinary Infection in pregnancy?

Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that is safe for pregnant women to take. You can help by drinking plenty of water as this will help flush the infection out of the body.

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