Pregnancy brings with it many complications, and one of them is the increased risk of urinary tract infection. As the uterus enlarges with the growing fetus, it puts pressure on the adjacent urinary organs and so there could be blockage of the free flow of urine. This can lead to infection and is quite common between 6 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.
While UTI is something that is very common and treated with a round of antibiotics, with pregnancy, doctors would not want to do that. Since antibiotics have their own risk, it may not be good for the growing fetus and the pregnant mother. Therefore, knowing that this is one of the risks of pregnancy, most doctors advise women to take some steps to avoid a UTI during their pregnancy. Learning these can be very helpful, as it does not just help avoid infection but also other complications associated with it. So, what are the precautionary measures?
Complications of untreated urinary infection can include high blood pressure, anaemia, and spread of infection to other parts of the body. It can also cause low birth weight and preterm labour. Urinary infections can be treated with alternative medicine prescribed by the doctor and constant monitoring to ensure the bacteria are cleared.