There you go, your nth trip to the bathroom! Just when you’re comfortably seated for breakfast, that urgency to pee hits you. I know, that stinging, (UTI) painful urination is enough to ruin your day!
Urinary pain is medically called dysuria. It’s usually due to a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection. UTI is a common occurrence during pregnancy, especially during the second trimester. Your enlarging uterus creates pressure on the urinary bladder and may obstruct the complete evacuation of urine. Accumulated urine in your bladder attracts bacteria that causes an infection.
Apart from the painful burning urination, you’ll experience frequent peeing with scanty urine and pain in your lower back or lower abdomen. Oftentimes, you’ll experience fever and chilly sensations. Your urine looks cloudy, foul smelling and can be bloody. If left untreated, it can lead to a serious kidney infection, as the bacteria can travel to the ureter and into the kidneys.
However, most pregnant women don’t feel any symptoms. Sometimes, it’s only diagnosed during a routine urinalysis.
Causes of UTI
Bacteria is usually the cause of UTIs, with the most common culprit called E. coli. In women, bacteria travel from the short urethra to the urinary bladder. Then, they attach themselves to the inner lining of the bladder and reproduce. The bladder then gets irritated and contracts to get rid of the bacteria. This causes the urgency to pee and frequent scanty painful urination. Other microbes can cause UTI as well. Certain lab tests can identify the bacteria and can help reveal the most appropriate antibiotic.
A visit to your doctor is highly recommended. Your doctor will then be extra careful to choose an appropriate antibiotic. He may also prescribe an analgesic that is safe for your unborn baby. You’ll have to take your antibiotics for up to 5-7 days. Also, you can use Over-The-Counter medication for urinary pain.
What You Can Do About Urinary Pain
- You can do the following to help yourself recover:
- Drink plenty of water from 10-12 8-ounce glasses daily. Schedule it throughout the day.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol and drinks containing citrus juices because these irritate your bladder. Also, avoid refined foods and sweets.
- When you feel the urge to pee, get up and go and empty your bladder completely.
- Use a heating pad on your lower abdomen to minimize bladder discomfort.
- Avoid intercourse while you’re recovering.
- Take Vitamin C 500 mg and Zinc 30-50 mg daily to help you combat the infection.
- An over-the-counter analgesic like acetaminophen or phenazopyridine can help.
You can prevent recurrence by drinking plenty of fluids daily and avoiding irritating douches and powders. Remember to wipe from front to back after peeing and after a bowel movement. Using breathable underwear and ensuring proper hygiene by washing your intimate area with mild soap and warm water can also help prevent bouts of UTI in the future.
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