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Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

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 one fetus.

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:

  • Frequent urination.
  • 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
Last RevisedJuly 23, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 23, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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