Can urinary tract infection harm my unborn baby?

What happens if you leave a UTI untreated while pregnant?

If the UTI goes untreated, it may lead to a kidney infection. Kidney infections may cause early labor and low birth weight. If your doctor treats a urinary tract infection early and properly, the UTI will not cause harm to your baby.

How dangerous is urine infection during pregnancy?

With proper care, you and your baby should be fine. Usually, these infections in the bladder and urethra. But sometimes they can lead to kidney infections. If they do, UTIs may lead to preterm labor (giving birth too early) and low birth weight.

How can a pregnant woman get rid of a UTI?

Most UTIs during pregnancy are treated with a course of antibiotics. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that is pregnancy-safe but still effective in killing off bacteria in your body.

Can UTI pass through placenta?

A mother with a UTI or BV may pass the infection on to the baby during the birthing process. This can lead to sepsis (infection of the blood), meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord), and permanent brain damage such as cerebral palsy.

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Should I go to the hospital for a UTI while pregnant?

Untreated, a urinary tract infection can cause serious health problems for both mom and baby. You should go to urgent care if you experience any of the following symptoms of a UTI, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Pain or burning while urinating. Frequent urination.

How do you know if you have UTI while pregnant?

UTI symptoms

Burning sensation during urination. More frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate (though frequent urination during pregnancy alone is common and harmless) Intense urge to urinate while the amount of urine expelled is small. Cloudy, dark, bloody or foul-smelling urine.

How can I treat a UTI naturally while pregnant?

You can treat a UTI while pregnant without antibiotics by staying hydrated, drinking cranberry juice, and consuming ascorbic acid. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect up to 10% of mothers during pregnancy.

Can UTI go away on its own?

Antibiotics are an effective treatment for UTIs. However, the body can often resolve minor, uncomplicated UTIs on its own without the help of antibiotics. By some estimates, 25–42 percent of uncomplicated UTI infections clear on their own. In these cases, people can try a range of home remedies to speed up recovery.

How can you test for a UTI at home?

The dipstick test kit contains specially treated plastic strips called dipsticks. You hold them in your urine stream or dip them in a sample of your urine. The strips test for a substance (called nitrite) produced by most UTIs. Certain types of strips also test for white blood cells (leukocytes).

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