Pregnancy is the most cared and pleasant phase of any women’s life. You carry a developing baby in your womb that grows every moment and depends entirely upon you for his/her daily nutrition. In such situation if you get ill or are infected with any disease it can directly affect your baby. So you need to take extra care about your diet, physical, mental and emotional health during pregnancy.
Usually one out of every ten pregnant women gets infected with a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is also known as bladder infection. In comparison to men women are more prone to develop a UTI. And as far as pregnancy is concerned it is an ideal condition for the UTI to develop during this phase due to the frequent changes in the urinary tract of the pregnant women.
Pregnant women usually become victims of UTI because many changes take place in their body system which promotes the bacteria causing UTI to thrive and multiply. The uterus in pregnant women settles on the apex of bladder. Weight of uterus starts increasing as it grows and develops. This increased weight can block the urine drainage system from the bladder. Infection of the urinary tract may result due to this blockage.
Urinary tract infection is the inflammation of the urinary tract caused by bacteria. It is an infection in the body’s system that is concerned with excretion of urine. This system consists of the bladder, kidneys, ureter and the urethra. Most commonly the urethra and bladder get infected by the UTI. This infection can also move to the kidneys and ureter from the bladder.
Pregnant women are at an increased risk for urinary tract infection from the 6th week to the 24th week. Some of the common symptoms of urinary tract infection during pregnancy include frequent urge to urinate and burning sensation while urinating. It also includes difficulty while urinating, cloudy appearance or foul odor of urine and cramps in the lower abdomen or lower back.
UTI causing bacteria can find its ways into the urinary tract of a pregnant womanthrough sexual intercourse, partial obstruction of a urinary route, or the catheters positioned into the bladder. It can also enter your urinary tract through the vagina when it is wiped after a bowel movement.UTI could be dangerous for your baby; hence get it treated immediately.