Nov 15, 2011

Urinary Tract Infection & Frequent Urination.

First of all I have grown to hate the words “frequent urination,” as much as “flatulence” and the dreaded “hemorrhoids.” All three piss me off, and more times than not, are "just apart of being pregnant." I spent all last night debating whether or not I had a Urinary Tract Infection or worse a Kidney Infection. Remember I am a first time mother, so peeing 5 times during an hour seems excessive, even for pregnancy, so naturally i started thinking the worse.

I ended up deciding I had a UTI for sure and called my doctor. This is how the phone call went….

Me: “I’m afraid I have a UTI or even possibly a kidney infection, because about 4 or 5 days ago I started having to go to the bathroom up to 4 or 5 times an hour and waking up at least every 2 hours at night. Sometimes I will have to pee less than 5 minutes after I have just gone! It does seem cloudy at times and smells sometimes too. I am not having burning or pain when I go, but when I lean forward to fully empty my bladder, I have pain in my lower abdomen. I have back pain but I always do, and I have not seen any blood. I also have started having pain on my left side below my ribs where my kidneys are and sometimes a little pain on my right side, this pain comes and goes on both sides.”

Doctor: ”ok, come in ASAP so I can test your urine and check your cervix.”

So, I went in straight away and peed in the cup. My doctor said nothing showed up on the test strip when they dipped the it in my urine. They are still sending my urine off to have further testing. While I am relieved I do not have an infection, I am not relieved that I do not have an answer to my ridiculously frequent urination. My doctor said it could just be that the baby is on my bladder. She also told me to lay off the water at night, which is crap if I am thirsty, and minimalize caffine.

I have read a lot about Urinary Tract Infections throughout my pregnancy and realize I am very lucky to not have had one… yet. UTI’s, are VERY common during pregnancy starting in the 6th week, and can be cured with antibiotics. The problem begins when you let them fester into a kidney infection, which can become fatal for both you and baby.

Don't wait, call your doctor ASAP if you have any symptoms. I am glad I did, and now I have peace of mind knowing that both baby and me are just professional pee makers!



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1 comment:

  1. Try squatting over the toilet, it helps get everything out and doesn't hurt. Sometimes my urine is cloudy and smelly-usually if I eat a lot of meat.

    Part of my enjoyment of the only fruit I can eat (while pregnant)-Cranberries is knowing how good they are for the urinary tract.

    Check out my post for a holiday family favorite Frozen Cranberry Salad.

    http://cookingitupsarahstyle.riversongfarm.com/2009/11/frozen-cranberry-salad.html

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