Urinary tract infection (UTI) is not an unusual issue for pregnant women. It is caused by bacteria that enters the urinary tract from the urethra or the bladder. Symptoms of UTI include frequent urination, incontinence, a burning feeling while urinating, presence of blood or mucous in the urine, pain in the bladder or lower abdomen and fever in some cases. Pregnant women are more susceptible to UTI because of hormonal changes and bladder stress from the growing uterus.
Urinary tract infection, if untreated, can lead to kidney infection that may affect the unborn baby. There is a risk of pre-term labor which may endanger the child’s life or it may cause the baby to have a low birth weight. Treatment of UTI is generally easy – just by taking some prescribed antibiotics. However, it is easier to prevent it by adhering to these tips:
Urinary tract infection may not seem like a serious health risk at first, but when left untreated it can cause severe discomfort to the mother and may even put the baby’s life at risk.
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