A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) most often starts in the lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder). The infections are caused by bacteria entering through the urethra and can travel towards the bladder. UTI’s can also travel to the upper urinary tract (uterus and kidneys). Women are more likely to have a UTI because their urethra is shorter which allows quicker travel to the bladder.
There are many factors that can increase the risk of getting a UTI including:
- previous diagnosis of UTI
- had multiple children
- have diabetes
- are obese
UTI’s can happen during pregnancy. If you think you might have a UTI or have any of the following symptoms, please contact a nurse so that we can help you receive proper care:
- the urge to urinate that can’t be delayed
- sharp pain or burning during urination
- frequent urination
- soreness in the lower abdomen, back or sides
- urine with a strong odor
- cloudy urine
- blood in urine
Untreated UTI’s may cause problems for you and your baby, so it’s important to mention any concerns with your obstetrician or midwife.