A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in either the kidneys or the bladder. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, pain or burning with urination, frequency and urgency, blood in the urine, or foul smelling urine. Pregnant women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Fortunately, there are some preventions.
- Drink plenty of water, at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Drink cranberry juice, that is 100% juice without added sugar or corn syrup, at least 2-3 glasses daily.
- Avoid sodas, tea, coffee and alcohol intake. Bacteria love sugar and caffeine.
- Urinate immediately after intercourse to flush out any bacteria.
- Empty your bladder every 4 hours or as needed to prevent bladder distention.
- Do not take frequent bubble baths. Wipe the perineum from front to back after urinating. Keep the perineal area clean and dry. Wear cotton underwear and no douching.
- If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics for you, take the complete course even if you are feeling better. All of the medicine should be taken to prevent a recurrent UTI.