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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Top 10 Things They Really Should Warn You About Before You Get Pregnant

-- The Bump Editors

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