UTI During Pregnancy
Yup, you're more prone to urinary tract infections during pregnancy (sorry!). So how can you safely treat one -- and prevent more in the future? We've got all the info you want to know about UTIs during pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat a UTI during pregnancy?
You’ll probably be given an antibiotic to fight the bacteria found in your urine culture. “Pregnant women are usually given a seven-day antibiotic treatment, instead of the typical three-day treatment,” says Simondi. “You’re slightly immune-compromised during pregnancy, so it can take a little longer to treat.”
What can I do to prevent a UTI during pregnancy?
Stay hydrated! Docs recommend at least six to eight glasses of water a day. Also, don’t hold it -- when you’ve got to pee, just go -- and when you wipe, always go front to back. Make sure you pee before and after sex. And wear underwear made out of a breathable fabric, like cotton.
What to other pregnant moms do when they get a UTI?
"When they diagnosed me I really had no symptoms besides I had like 2 drops of blood when I wiped. Now I only have 2 days of antibiotics left and now I am peeing all the time and only a small amount. It feels like my bladder is always full and it is uncomfortable.”
“I got one with my previous pregnancy. I was 3 weeks shy of my due date. It came on so fast and by the time I got the doc to call me in a prescription (it was on a Sunday) it had spread to my kidneys and I was hospitalized for 3 days. What a pain. Now, I'm very careful to make sure I empty my bladder every time I use the restroom. I don't want that to happen again. “
Are there any other resources for UTIs?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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