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Pregnant women are at a high risk for Urinary Tract Infection
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Pregnant women are at risk for UTI mainly between 6th and 24th week for pregnancy as this is the time when the uterus grows the most in size, thereby blocking drainage of urine, thereby causing a bacterial disease. To prevent UTI, the easiest method is to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day during pregnancy.
Which of these nutrients, if taken in adequate amount, help to avoid UTI?
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Vitamin C (250 -500mg per day), Beta- Carotene (25000-50000 IU per day) and Zinc (30-50 mg per day) are the most beneficial food to be consumed during pregnancy to avoid a Urinary Tract Infection. Eliminate refined food, refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol from the diet. Even though consuming sugars is not advised, natural sweeteners or unsweetened fruit juices containing natural sugars such as fructose is seen to be beneficial.
The Urinary Tract Infection is what type of disease.
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The Urinary Tract Infection is a bacterial infection caused mainly by Escheria Coli. It is important to keep the urinary area clean to avoid UTI. Micturition should be performed as soon as there is a need for urinating. Change innerwear every day to avoid accumulation of bacteria which thereby causes an infection.
Burning discomfort while urinating, waking up from sleep to urinate and pain during sexual intercourse are the usual signs of a UTI.
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All the above mentioned are the signs of a UTI. Other than these, if the urine looks cloudy, smells foul or that contains blood or mucus, it is a sign of a UTI infection. If the condition is worsened, the patient may experience back pain, chills, fever, nausea and vomiting. When any of these signs and symptoms occur, it is always wise to consult a Doctor and get a Urine analysis done.
It is impossible to quantitatively determine the state of the Urinary Tract Infection.
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It is possible to determine the exact condition of the urinary tract and the magnitude of the infection based on the result of the urinalysis test and the routine urine culture test. A high value in the Urinalysis and a Urine Culture test should immediately be followed up by taking a course of antibiotics prescribed by the Doctor.