A urinary tract infection can be painful, but living with one of these infections while pregnant can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. Unfortunately, these infections are pretty common. Most experts believe UTIs are common during pregnancy because of the changing hormones and the inability to properly cleanse due to the larger abdomen and increased fatigue. Thankfully, hep is available. This guide will help you understand the causes and treatment options for UTIs during pregnancy.
Causes of UTIs
Bacteria leads to infections. However, you may be wondering why these bacterial infections occur during pregnancy. Again, your pregnant body's hormones do fluctuate repeatedly, decreasing the strength and underlying health of your immune system. In addition, you may struggle to cleanse/wipe properly after using the bathroom. This can also lead to bacteria in the urethra.
Of course, there are other reasons why infections are common during pregnancy.
The weight of the abdomen will put pressure on the bladder and urinary tract. This pressure can lead to the build-up of bacteria, most likely causing an infection.
Finally, the hormones fluctuating through your pregnant body will change urine concentration. For example, sugars running through the bladder and urinary tract can lead to bacterial growth and infections.
Treating UTIs While Pregnant
Treatment is important because you do not want to experience pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, treatment is also important because infections can be extremely dangerous.
An over-the-counter antibiotic is usually effective for treating a UTI, but you will need to see your OBGYN to test the urine to confirm there is an infection. If the infection has spread to the kidneys, a stronger antibiotic that is administered through an IV may be necessary.
Obviously, prevention is your best weapon against urinary tract infections.
Make sure to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water to flush bacteria out of your bladder and urinary tract. Wipe front to back after using the bathroom, too. Be sure to urinate before and after sexual activity, as well, to rid the urethra and vaginal area of bacteria so it is not pushed up into the urinary tract.
You should also avoid harsh soaps that contain chemicals and fragrances. These additives will only irritate the urethra and vaginal area, negatively affecting the pH balance, which can lead to numerous infections.
Help is available if you are experiencing the burning, pressure, and overall discomfort of a urinary tract infection during your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor today.