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Urinary tract infection (UTI)
is the most common type of bacterial infection during pregnancy. A UTI, with or without
symptoms, can lead to dangerous kidney infection. Kidney infection during
pregnancy can endanger both mother and fetus.
Many women with a UTI have no symptoms but have high levels of
bacteria in their urinary tract. During your first prenatal exam, your doctor will test your urine sample for bacteria. If your results show
that you have a UTI, you will be treated with antibiotics.
Pregnancy increases your risk of having a urinary tract infection
(UTI). UTIs are more common in multiple pregnancies than in pregnancies with
A UTI during pregnancy can be difficult to distinguish from the usual
symptoms of pregnancy (such as bladder pressure, frequent urination, or back
pain). Some pregnant women who have UTIs have no symptoms at all.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection are:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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