Urinary Tract Infection and Antibiotics during Pregnancy

Mothers are always at risk of having urinary tract infection (UTI) while pregnant. Defined as bacterial invasion of the organs of the urinary system, UTI is one of the common conditions that a mother can have during pregnancy. The ones most prone to have UTI’s are those pregnant mothers who are on their 6th week to 24th week in pregnancy.

UTI’s may give the pregnant mother great discomforts during pregnancy. Some of the most obvious symptoms of UTI that the mother may feel are burning sensation upon urinating, frequent feel to urinate, pain in the lower abdominal area, urinating cloudy urine, fever, and in sometimes there is traces of blood in the urine. The pregnant mother can have UTI’s when she fails to urinate and clean up after a sexual intercourse, forgets to thoroughly clean stools after defecating, and the increase of pressure of the abdomen to the urinary bladder because of the growing belly.

When one thinks of UTIs, the first choice of treatment would always be taking of antibiotics to help get rid of the harmful bacteria that is invading the pregnant mother’s urinary system. But as we all know, taking medications during pregnancy is discouraged because it can cause birth defects and complications. Most mothers are reluctant to take antibiotics because of the knowledge that it can harm their pregnancy.

But what most mothers don’t know that there are a lot of antibiotics that are proven safe to use in pregnancy , have minimal effects and most often the side effects are often not felt. Here are some of the antibiotics that effectively cure urinary tract infection and ensures very safe to use by pregnant women.

  • Ampicillin

One of the most common antibiotics used in treating UTI’s during pregnancy. This drug is under pregnancy category B which means that it was tested on animals and was proven safe. However, pregnancy category B drugs are not tested on humans. Mothers who take this drug can feel side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

  • Cephalexin

This drug is a member of the third generation cephalosporin that is well tolerated by pregnant mothers and proves to be effective in treating UTIs. Side effects of taking the drug includes diarrhea, but it is only minimal and does not need any immediate intervention.

  • Erythromycin

It is safe to take during pregnancy and cures most UTIs.

Although these drugs are said to be safe to take during pregnancy, it is still important to consult your health care provider before taking in any medications while you’re pregnant. Self- medication is a big NO-NO for expectant mothers. Natural remedies for UTI are still best.