- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in pregnancy.
- They happen when any part of your urinary system – your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra – becomes infected by bacteria.
- UTIs in pregnancy are more likely to cause complications.
- You should have a urine culture test early in pregnancy (when first seen) to check for signs of a UTI, as they don't always cause symptoms.
- UTIs are easily treated with a course of antibiotics. Your healthcare provider will choose an antibiotic that's safe to use during pregnancy.
- If untreated, UTIs in pregnancy can increase the risk of complications for you and your pēpi.
You are more prone to UTIs during pregnancy due to changes in your hormones which slow the flow of urine (pee or mimi). As a result, bacteria have more time to grow in your urine before being flushed out. Also, as the uterus grows, the increased weight can block the flow of urine from your bladder, causing an infection.