urinary tract infection

During pregnancy, Progesterone causes the urinary tract to relax, allowing some urine to remain in the system too long, where it can grow bacteria. Also, the growing uterus sits right on top of the bladder, inhibiting emptying.

If you have a urinary tract infection, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or burning (discomfort) when urinating

  • The need to urinate more often than usual

  • A feeling of urgency when you urinate

  • Blood or mucus in the urine / cloudy urine

  • Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Chills, fever, sweats, leaking of urine (incontinence)

  • Urine that looks cloudy, smells unusually strong

  • Pain, pressure, or tenderness in the area of the bladder

  • When bacteria spreads to the kidneys you may experience: back pain, chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

 

How can I prevent a UTI?

  • Drink 80-120 ounces of water each day and unsweetened cranberry juice regularly.

  • Eliminate refined foods, fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

  • Eat a lot of healthy vegetables to support your natural immune system.

 

If I have a UTI, how can I treat it?

  • D-Mannose: open 3-5 capsules (2000 mg total) and dump in a small amount of liquid, drink, then have nothing for 1 hr. At 1 hr drink as much water as you can until the next dose; repeat 3 times per day for 10 days.

  • Garlic capsules.

  • Vitamin C (1000 mg per day).

  • Uva Ursi (2 grams to 4 grams per day): To make a tea, soak 3 grams of dried leaves in 5 ounces of water for 12 hours. Then strain the tea and drink it three to four times each day. 

  • Dandelion Root tea/tincture.

  • Zinc (30- 50 mg per day) to help fight infection.

  • Jarrow Femdopholius (double the dosage for a month).

Other Suggestions

  • Develop a habit of urinating as soon as the need is felt and empty your bladder completely when you urinate.

  • Urinate before and after intercourse. (Avoid intercourse while you are being treated for an UTI.)

  • After urinating, blot dry (do not rub), and make sure you wipe from the front toward the back.

  • Avoid using strong soaps, douches, antiseptic creams, feminine hygiene sprays, and powders.

  • Change underwear every day.

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants.

  • Wear all cotton or cotton-crotch underwear.

  • Don’t soak in the bathtub longer than 30 minutes or more than twice a day.`

  • Sleep without underwear at night to help vaginal flora.

 

Call your midwife if:

  • You do not experience any relief from the remedies listed above.

  • You feel back pain at the bottom of your ribcage.

  • You run a fever or have flu-like symptoms.

  • Your urine is dark orange/rust colored (indicating dehydration).

  • You are having abdominal cramping.

  • You are having uterine cramping.