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Are pregnant women likely to get utis?

30 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Early in pregnancy the hormone Progesterone starts to rise.
This hormone slows down the urinary tract and is one of the reasons pregnant women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections.

In brief: Yes

Early in pregnancy the hormone Progesterone starts to rise.
This hormone slows down the urinary tract and is one of the reasons pregnant women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections.
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Dr. Richard Levin
Progesterone may cause ureteral muscle relaxation and mild hydronephrosis, but not uti's. Many factors including natural host resistance are more likely related to infections.
Dr. Gregory Lewis
No, but UTIs may be more serious during pregnancy because they are more likely to travel to the kidneys. A pregnant woman with a UTI should consult her doctor to avoid potential problems like high blood pressure and premature delivery of her baby.
10 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

There is a lack of consensus on this answer depending upon what source you read.
Pregnant women seem no more prone to utis than other women. However, when a UTI does occur in a pregnant woman, it is more likely to travel to the kidneys related to anatomical and hormonal changes affecting the urinary tract. According to some reports, about 4 to 5 percent of pregnant women develop a uti.

In brief: Possibly

There is a lack of consensus on this answer depending upon what source you read.
Pregnant women seem no more prone to utis than other women. However, when a UTI does occur in a pregnant woman, it is more likely to travel to the kidneys related to anatomical and hormonal changes affecting the urinary tract. According to some reports, about 4 to 5 percent of pregnant women develop a uti.
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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
the other concern in women who are pregnant is that a UTI may precipitate preterm labor. Symptoms of incr frequency, urgency, burning, blood/mucus, foul smelling urine, cloudy urine, fever, chills or back pain should generate a call to your ob doc.
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
There is also concern that a UTI may lead to preterm labor. Symptoms of fever, chills, sweats, burning on urination, frequency, cloudy/bloody/mucus-y urine, back pain, urgency, cramping, frequency (well, that is part of pregnancy too) a call to you OB doc is in order.
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In brief: Yes

And UTI in pregancy is especially significant, as it can be associated with premature labor, your obstetrician can check a urinalysis at each visit and treat accordingly.

In brief: Yes

And UTI in pregancy is especially significant, as it can be associated with premature labor, your obstetrician can check a urinalysis at each visit and treat accordingly.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: > than nonpregnant

High circulating Estrogens tend to make bladder and ureters dilate (enlarge) so urine may not drain as well.
Enlarging uterus can push bladder forwards and make urination more difficult. Both factors make pregnant more likely to get utis.

In brief: > than nonpregnant

High circulating Estrogens tend to make bladder and ureters dilate (enlarge) so urine may not drain as well.
Enlarging uterus can push bladder forwards and make urination more difficult. Both factors make pregnant more likely to get utis.
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