A urinary tract infection (UTI) causes inflammation in the urinary tract. As per medical science, inflammation is the process through which the affected area of the body swells up and turns red to induce pain.
Inflammation is the body’s immune system’s response to a foreign particle such as a germ. This means that inflammation starts when the body is trying to fight against the harmful irritant.
Does UTI impact pregnancy?
It is possible that UTI affects your pregnancy. UTI can reach the kidneys if its left untreated. Kidney infections can induce early labour and low birth weight. However, if the doctor treats a urinary tract infection early, the infection does not cause harm to the baby.
The risk for UTIs increases between weeks six and 24 because of changes in the urinary tract. The uterus is located directly above the bladder. As the uterus grows during the pregnancy, its weight can prevent urine from emptying into the bladder.
As the uterus grows, its increased weight can block the drainage of urine from the bladder, causing a urinary tract infection during pregnancy.
What are the signs and symptoms of UTIs?
UTI infection causes pain and a burning sensation while urinating. The condition also increases the need to urinate more often than usual. People with UTI also suffer from cramps or pain in the abdomen, pain during sexual intercourse, chills, fever, sweats, nausea, vomiting, along with leaking of urine.
UTI can also cause blood or mucus in the urine, make you wake up from sleep to urinate, a change in the amount of urine, make urine looks cloudy, smells foul and strong, pain, pressure, or tenderness in the area of the bladder.
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