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"Pregnant for almost six months, I already had several urinary infections, what to do?" Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris, answers the question of Karine.
The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris
- Also called cystitis, urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria in the bladder. It gives a burning sensation, with a desire to urinate irrepressibly. Urines can also be cloudy and smelly.
- Pregnant women are more prone to UTIs, especially those who have a tendency to do so before pregnancy. That's why a monthly urine test is part of routine pregnancy monitoring.
- Pregnant women who tend to have repetitive infections should not wait for the monthly analysis. The midwife or obstetrician will ask them to self-test each week using urine strips. And repeat this test from the slightest discomfort to urination, to consult without delay in case of a positive reaction. When the examination reveals the presence of a germ in the urine, the pregnant woman is given an antibiotic treatment.
- To limit the risks, drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day, and urinate after sexual intercourse. In the bathroom, think of wiping from front to back, and not the other way around, to limit the proliferation of germs.
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