Urinary Tract Infection – UTI during pregnancy – is a common problem. Knowing the symptoms and precautions can ensure you have an easier time during those nine months!
Once the good news is ‘delivered’, the wait for the next and more crucial delivery begins. From the ‘good news’ to the ‘labour room’, there is much that us women have to experience during pregnancy.
Many of you who are pregnant will relate to the emotions I felt during both my pregnancies. The first emotion is of elation and relief (especially if you have been trying for over a year to get pregnant). As you spread the news, it also gets a tad bit embarrassing as the process of making babies is just too private, and you are now telling the world that you have done unprotected sexual intercourse successfully. I, for one, felt really embarrassed, especially when aunties smile at you and playfully nudge you.
As these emotions settle in, the more complex worries start setting in – like concern for the well being of your child, tiding through the crucial first trimester of pregnancy, managing your workload during pregnancy, the right foods to eat, right exercise, whether or not to indulge in intercourse and so much more.
In your dreams, you imagine yourself to be this ‘superstar mom-to-be’ with a rocking pregnancy and no problems whatsoever. Just as you are in this dream world, you may experience an itching in your vagina!
Yes, welcome to reality! This may be the first sign of a UTI during pregnancy – not at all uncommon.
As your uterus expands to make place for the baby, the urethra becomes shorter and more accessible to bacteria to travel up to the urinary tract. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the bladder that adversely impacts bladder emptying. This leftover urine can lead to the growth of bacteria.
Further, during intercourse, the bacteria near the vagina may be pushed into the urethra that may lead to infection. Make sure you urinate after intercourse to prevent the bacteria from growing inside your urethra.
Sometimes a UTI can occur even if you are taking all precautions; however, certain preventive measures may help in increasing the chances of keeping away the UTI during pregnancy.
If you observe any of the symptoms mentioned above, do not hesitate to consult your doctor. Self-medication is best avoided at any time, but especially now when you are pregnant and don’t want to take anything that could impact on your pregnancy.
A doctor will recommend pregnancy-safe antibiotics to cure UTI during pregnancy and all that you have to do is to ensure you take the entire course of treatment and not leave it mid way.
Remember to not panic at any time! There are many pregnant women out there facing the same symptoms. There are many women who have faced these and have yet produced healthy babies. So, keep the faith and keep going!
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