I know this is an extremely unsexy topic to blog about, but I notice that a lot of readers of my blog come to my site to look for information searching for “UTI during pregnancy” or “UTI cause miscarriage” , so I thought I should just share with you my own experience about UTI and miscarriage. My disclaimer is that I am not a doctor, and can only share from my own experience.
If you read my earlier blog, you will know that I have had a miscarriage in feburary this year. I didn’t realize I was pregnant until I started bleeding alot and actually was on the process of miscarriage. In early jan , I actually had UTI and I didn’t treat it then because I was on holiday in a place where it was hard to find a doctor . So I waited until I was back in civilization to get treated. The normal treatment is antibotics and to drink lots of water. I was given two weeks of antibotics. It worked of course, the antibotics.
Two weeks after that , I discovered I was pregnant, and bleeding. The doctor did not tell me why I miscarried. He only said that it is a “chemical pregnancy” and the egg didn’t form well. It well could be… but it doesn’t help oen least bit what the doctor told me cos I am not sure what else I could have done differently.
But looking back, I think having UTI at the same time as being pregnant didn’t help at all. My own explanation for it is that the body is fighting so hard to fight the infection that it rejects anything foreign ( like a foetus) and expells it out to heal itself.
So what can you do to avoid getting UTI during your pregnancy?
According to health.discovery.com,
- Drink plenty of fluids — the equivalent of six to eight 8-ounce glasses — every day to flush bacteria out of your urinary system. This does NOT mean eight glasses of water in addition to everything else you drink.
- Make sure you’re getting vitamin C in your diet, either through food or supplements. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, makes your urine acidic, which discourages the growth of bacteria. Drinking cranberry juice may also produce the same effect. Cranberry tablets are a more concentrated form of cranberry juice without the sugar content.
- Urinate every two to three hours. Keeping urine in your bladder for long periods gives bacteria a place to grow.
- Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays and scented do “
And if you get recurrent UTI infections ( defined as more than 3 times in a year) please see your doctor or a urologist. They will most likely give you a low dosage of antibotics to be taken the whole time of your pregnancy.
For me I am given nitrofuration to be taken for the first eight months , and then the ninth month to take Keflex. The reason for changing the dosage is because the urologist said that nitrofuration was found to make babies be underweight in the last term.