MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow of Indian College of Maternal & Child Health (FICMCH), Certification in Infertility
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To prevent UTI from developing during the 9 months of pregnancy you must avoid
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Avoid any of those strong deodorants or soaps that are available in the market. Prefer using the mild ones. The strong ones may lead to some kind of irritation which may give rise to infection in the vaginal tract. Even if you apply soap near the vagina make sure you wash it away properly otherwise the chemical that may remain in the tract can lead to infections. In the case of any irritation after application of a soap or deodorant report to your gynecologist at once.
Adding lemon in drinking water aggravates the problem of UTI during pregnancy.
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Adding lemon to your drinking water during pregnancy is advised by many doctors. This prevents the development of UTI during pregnancy. Consuming lemon makes your urine turn slightly acidic. This acidic urine kills all the bacteria present in your urinary tract. Apart from this, consuming water with lemon in it will increase your intake of overall fluid. This will help you stay hydrated at all times. Consume lemon juice from time to time when you are thirsty.
Intake of the right vitamins can help pregnant women fight UTI.
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Vitamins, when taken in right composition, can prove to be very helpful in removing the problems of UTI during pregnancy. In general, the pregnant women can take vitamin C ranging between 250 to 500g daily zinc ranging between 30 to 50g. The prenatal vitamins usually include the necessary components. Make sure your dosage of supplements and vitamins does not contradict with the usual medicines you take.
How to prevent UTI during pregnancy?
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Increasing the fluid uptake is the main approach towards combating and preventing the development of UTI during pregnancy. Seven to eight glasses of water is a must daily. This will keep all the cells of your body hydrated. Water will assist in washing out all the microorganisms from your body and also helps to stop the development of new infections. Cranberry juice which is unsweetened has been found to kill the bacteria in the urinary tract of women. Keep a check on the color of your urine from time to time to understand whether your fluid uptake is sufficient.
Wearing pants that are too tight can lead to the development of UTI during pregnancy.
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Wearing tight pants during pregnancy leads to sweating of the genital area which in turn promotes the growth of bacteria. So you must always try to keep the genital area clean. A shower is more preferable than a bath in this regard. Also, wear pants that are loose especially during pregnancy. Avoid the bubble baths because they have been reported to cause inflammation of the urethral openings.