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Should I watch out for urinary tract infections if I am pregnant with multiple sclerosis?

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Yes. Urinary tract infections are more common for pregnant women with MS. Drink lots of water, and tell your doctor if you feel burning when you go to the bathroom or if your urine is cloudy or smelly. You may get monthly urine tests to check for UTIs.

You also may have trouble with constipation. If so, a stool softener can get things moving.

From: Have a Healthy Pregnancy With MS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:  “Pregnancy and MS: Kara’s Story,” “Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues,” “Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Postpartum Period.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Pregnancy Q and A.”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis,” “Pregnancy For Women With Multiple Sclerosis.”

Medscape.com: “Expert Tips for Managing Pregnancy in MS.” 

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy,” “Urinary Tract Infections.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:  “Pregnancy and MS: Kara’s Story,” “Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues,” “Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Postpartum Period.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Pregnancy Q and A.”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis,” “Pregnancy For Women With Multiple Sclerosis.”

Medscape.com: “Expert Tips for Managing Pregnancy in MS.” 

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy,” “Urinary Tract Infections.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

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