How to Treat a UTI During Pregnancy

UTI IN PREGNANCY – UTI TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR FIRST TRIMESTER

The following are some tips which may help you in treating a UTI during pregnancy:

1) If the infection is caused by a bacteria, do not use any kind of antibiotic or other medication against it.

Instead, take only water and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Do not wash your hands with soap or water after touching the infected area.

2) Avoid contact with the mouth of the infected area.

If possible, stick your fingers into the infected area and then rinse them off thoroughly. Wash your hands again immediately if you touch anything else there.

3) You can try using a warm compress on the affected part several times a day for three days before going to bed.

Do not apply ice directly to the skin; instead, place it over your hand and press it firmly against your abdomen until you feel better.

4) Try drinking lots of liquids such as milk, juice and water.

Eat small meals frequently.

5) Keep the infected area clean by washing it with soap and water daily.

Do not rub alcohol-based products on the infected area because they can irritate the skin and cause burning sensations. Use non-abrasive soaps and cleansers instead, especially those containing baking soda or lemon juice.

UTI IN PREGNANCY – TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR SECOND AND THIRD TRIMESTER

The following are some tips which may help you in treating a UTI during pregnancy:

1) Try drinking cranberry juice.

Cranberry is an effective natural remedy for treating and preventing bladder infections, especially those caused by the E. coli bacteria.

2) Try sipping water from a glass instead of drinking from a plastic bottle.

The reason is that the chemicals in plastic bottles can irritate your bladder and worsen the infection. You can also use a glass or stainless steel for holding or drinking water if you do not want to use plastic cups or jugs.

3) Try lowering your intake of dairy milk and foods for a while.

Many women develop a severe form of bladder infection due to the presence of excess mucous in their intestines as a result of eating or drinking too much dairy milk or foods. Try replacing them with other food and beverages such as coconut water, oat milk, almond milk or rice milk instead.

4) Try taking baths rather than showers.

Also, pour half a cup of apple cider vinegar diluted in half a tub of water and sit in it for around 15 minutes. This is especially beneficial if you feel a burning sensation when passing urine.

5) Try chewing some fennel seeds after meals.

This can help treat the infection and prevent it from recurring.

6) Avoid using latex condoms; switch to polyurethane ones instead.

Spermicidal foams, jellies and creams can worsen the infection as well.

7) Avoid drinking too much alcohol.

In addition, avoid taking overly hot baths or long showers because the heat can irritate your bladder and make the burning sensation while passing urine worse.

8) Also avoid caffeine and carbonated beverages such as colas, soda, lemonade and other drinks which contain soda.

9) Stop using vaginal douches.

They can cause your vaginal pH balance to become unbalanced, making it easier for bacteria to breed and cause infection.

10) Try going for a daily walk or jog if you are not doing so already. This helps in flushing out the bacteria from your bladder and preventing it from causing infection.

If you have any questions on how you can treat your UTI naturally at home, feel free to ask us. We are always here to help.

Wishing you good health!

Resources:

Dorine M. Briggs, MBA, P2NP, CEN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer at Nurses and Health Experts, LLC.

Is there a natural way to prevent or alleviate my UTI?

Yes, there are natural ways to prevent or alleviate a bladder infection.

UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is one of the most common causes of infection in women. If you are suffering from a UTI, it can lead to burning while urinating, frequent urge to urinate and pelvic pain.

There are many reasons why women get infected with this type of infection. Some of the most common causes are

Holding in your urine, Improper hygiene, Not emptying the bladder and Sexual activity.

Natural methods can help you get rid of this infection. Some of them are listed below:

1.) Cranberry Juice

Cranberry is a great way of getting rid of your infection naturally. You should drink plenty of cranberry juice as it helps in eliminating UTI naturally.

2. Garlic

Garlic is another natural way to get rid of your infection. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help in healing you infection. Add garlic in your diet or consume it in the form of capsules.

3. Water

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important things you can do to prevent or alleviate yourself from getting infected with a bladder infection. Water helps in flushing out bacteria from your body and keeping your body hydrated.

4. Fluid Intake

Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the natural ways to prevent or alleviate a bladder infection. This helps in flushing out bacteria from your bladder and keeping your body hydrated.

5. Cranberry Supplement

Cranberry supplements are one of the best ways to cure your bladder infection. They are available at any local pharmacy.

UTI can be very painful and annoying.

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