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:
A feeling of
burning during urination.
Pain or itching during urination.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology