One of the most common complications during pregnancy is a bladder infection. An infection is often caused by the growing uterus sitting directly on top of your bladder and urethra – which are tubes which lead from your kidneys to your bladder – this blocks the flow of urine. Because this is such a common issue, your healthcare provider will test regularly for a bladder infection during your pregnancy.
Symptoms of a bladder infection
Having a bladder infection may cause you to urinate even more frequently during your pregnancy than you may normally. A severe urinary tract infection may even cause blood to appear or a strong odour in the urine.
You may also experience some of the following:
- pain or burning sensation while urinating
- pelvic discomfort or low abdominal pains
- cloudy urine
Complications with a bladder infection
- childhood development delays
- low birth weight
- premature labor
- kidney infections
Precautions and treatment of bladder infections
One of the ways of avoiding an infection during your pregnancy is to NOT ignore the urge to urinate but to rather relieve yourself the moment you feel the need.
Other ways of trying to prevent an infection:
- drink plenty of fluids, especially water
- empty your bladder after intercourse
- try avoid sprays, powders and strong soaps
- wear 100% cotton underwear
- try avoid wearing pantyhose for lengthy period
If you suspect you may have an infection, or know that you do, call your healthcare provider as soon as possible.