If left untreated, a urinary infection can lead to bladder or kidney infections, which can pose risks to your pregnancy. Detecting and treating these infections in a timely manner is crucial for your well-being and your baby’s health. Regular urine exams during pregnancy can help identify these infections, making testing an important part of prenatal care.
Here are some types of urinary infections you should be aware of:
- Bladder infection or cystitis: This is a common infection among young women who are sexually active. Although not usually serious, prompt treatment is necessary to prevent complications.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs, if treated promptly, are generally not serious. Symptoms may include a burning sensation during urination, pain or pressure in the back or lower abdomen, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine. However, if left untreated, UTIs can progress to kidney infections, which pose a greater risk to pregnant women. If you experience symptoms such as fever or chills, it is important to consult your doctor, as they may indicate a kidney infection.
- Kidney infection: While less common during pregnancy, kidney infections can be serious. They increase the risk of preterm birth or having a baby with low birth weight. In some cases, the infection can even spread to the mother’s bloodstream, impacting overall health.
Urinary infections share some common symptoms, such as frequent urination, pain during sexual intercourse, a burning sensation when urinating, and lower abdominal pain. However, kidney infections have additional distinctive symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, lower back pain, and high fever. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your doctor promptly.
By being aware of the signs and symptoms of urinary infections, you can take proactive steps to protect your health and your baby’s well-being. If you suspect a urinary infection, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. They can provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment to ensure a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.