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How do doctors manage kidney infections in pregnancy?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Antibiotics(Abx): Kidney infections are a serious condition when pregnant. While simple bladder infections can be treated with oral abx as outpatient, kidney infections usually require IV abx and a hospital stay. Daily, preventative abx are then prescribed for the remainder of pregnancy. Call your doctor quickly if symptoms of a bladder infection develop to prevent progression to a kidney infection.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
IV antibiotics : Kidney infections can be a serious complication in pregnancy. Usually this will require admission to the hospital for IV antibiotics and observation. This is different than a bladder infection which can be treated with oral antibiotics at home.
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Antibiotics: Kidney infections are not uncommon in pregnancy. We give antibiotics to take care of this infection. You should also increase the amount of water you drink. Because this infection can increase your risk of early labor and delivery, you may be admitted to the hospital until the infection is going away.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Pyelonephritis: Kidney infections during pregnancy can become serious infections quickly. It is imperative to treat quickly as an outpatient and follow closely. Due to the fact that there is increased glucose in the urine of pregnant women, bacteria thrive more abundantly. If persistent fever with flank or kidney pain, hospitalization with IV antibiotics may be indicated. Follow the doctor's instructions.

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