If you find that you have a painful or burning sensation when you urinate, you are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Pregnant women can be especially prone to UTI’s due to the changes that occur in the body throughout the pregnancy, this is one of the reasons why your midwife and you will screen the urine sample that you are asked to take to every prenatal appointment.
Other signs to look out for are:
• pelvic discomfort
• lower stomach/abdominal or back pain
• loin pain
• frequent or uncontrollable urge to urinate
• cloudy, foul-smelling (fishy) or bloody urine
• a raised temperature
• nausea and vomiting.
If you get a UTI in pregnancy, you will need treatment with diet changes, herbal supplements, and immune support that are safe to use in pregnancy. If the UTI is severe or not responding to the treatment, You should contact your midwife to do urine testing and culture to identify the bacteria to ensure that you are put on the correct antibiotic (will refer you to a doctor)
This is not an emergency, but it should be treated as soon as possible.
Patel BN et al, Urinary tract infections in women, London BMJ Best Practice, 2013. Also available at: http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/monograph/77.html (accessed 29 April 2014)