By Janice Graham
As you hit one of those big birthdays, you probably worry more about new
wrinkles than about less visible body parts — like your heart. But recent
research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new
health concerns to worry about. What's more, you need to be aware of these
issues — because your doctor may not be. "Many physicians fail to recognize how
much a woman's risk factors for heart disease evolve over her lifetime," says
Do Pregnant Women Get More Urinary Tract Infections?
Anyone can get a urinary tract infection, but it is most common in women, especially if they are pregnant.
In pregnant women, hormones cause changes in the urinary tract, which predispose women to infections. In addition, a growing uterus presses on the bladder, preventing the complete emptying of urine. This stagnant urine is a likely source of infection. Untreated, these infections may lead to kidney infections. Urinary tract and kidney infections in pregnant women should be treated to prevent complications.
How Do I Know If I Have a Urinary Tract Infection?
Having a burning sensation or cramps in the lower back or lower abdomen
Having a burning sensation during urination
Urine that looks cloudy or has an odor
Do Urinary Tract Infections Cause Serious Health Problems?
With proper care, urinary tract infections rarely cause serious health problems. Most infections are limited to the bladder and urethra, but sometimes they can lead to a kidney infection. If they do, UTIs may lead to preterm labor and low birth weight.