Pregnancy Risk: Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection is one of the most common risks that a pregnant woman can have. UTI or urinary tract infection is an inflammation in the urinary tract as a result of bacterial infection. There are several reasons why a pregnant woman can have UTI and most often, it can be avoided easily with preventive measures undertaken.
UTI during pregnancy is common as a result of the increased risk with the changes brought about by pregnancy. The uterus is positioned directly on top of the bladder and as the uterus grows and gain weight, it can cause blockage to the drainage.
Pregnant women should consult a physician when symptoms occur. This is because it can pose serious risk to the baby when it develops into kidney infection. Kidney problems can cause early birth and low birth weight to the baby.
Most common symptom of urinary tract infection are cramps or pain in the lower abdomen, having the urge to urinate often, the urine looks cloudy and may have strong odor, and blood or mucus in the urine. When any of these symptoms is observe, the expectant mom should consult the physician so as proper diagnostic can be undertaken. Urinalysis or urine culture may also be requested.
UTI during pregnancy is treatable. Most often antibiotics are prescribed with dosage good for 3 to 7 days. The dosage should be finished even if the pregnant woman may be feeling better a few days after. This is to ensure that the bacteria that are causing the infection are already eliminated.
In order to prevent urinary tract infection when pregnant, health experts and authorities agree on the following measures:
1. After bowel movement, wipe from front to back.
2. Avoid using strong cleanser or soap when washing.
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
4. Cotton panties are recommended well than nylon material.
5. Empty your bladder when urinating and develop the habit of urinating as soon as possible.
Urinary tract infection is very treatable and pose a low risk to pregnancy when detected early. Have regular visits to your doctor and take the preventive measures that have been mentioned above. With this information, you can have a risk-free pregnancy and ensure the health of your baby inside the womb.