Urinary Tract Infections
I have to pee all of the time, and it burns when I go. Did you have a urinary tract infection and did it feel like this?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: During my last pregnancy, I tried to drink a lot of water because I kept feeling like I had a urinary tract infection. I felt like I had to go to the bathroom all of the time and it burned when I did.
It turned out I didn’t have a urinary tract infection. My symptoms were all caused by a stent my doctors had to put in to clear my kidney because I had a kidney stone. Fortunately, all of the symptoms went away after my baby was born and they took the stent out.
When to call the doctor or midwife: Pregnant women are at increased risk for urinary tract infections, especially between weeks six and 24. When you’re uterus grows during pregnancy, its increased weight can keep urine from draining from your bladder. The urine then becomes a perfect place for bacteria to grow, causing a urinary tract infection, which if it’s not treated can lead to a kidney infection.
If you have the frequent urge to urinate, burning when you go, pain in your back or lower abdomen, fever or chills, or cloudy, dark, bloody urine, call your doctor or midwife right away. These could be signs of a urinary tract infection.
—Dianna K. Kim, MD, a mom of three and an ob-gyn in private practice in Vernon Hills, IL, at the Midwest Center for Women’s Healthcare