Urinary tract Infection

USMC-091029-M-6037K-001 (1)Urinary tract infections or UTIs are common in the postpartum period. During the delivery of the baby there could have been trauma to the bladder or urethra or frequent vaginal exams can place you at a risk for infection. Having a catheter placed an place you at risk for a urinary tract infection. It is helpful to monitor for signs of a urinary infection so that you can call your health care provider if you start to notice one.

Symptoms of a UTI include:

    • Pain when urinating
    • Difficulty urinating
    • Urinating frequently
    • Foul smelling urine
    • Fevers and chills
    • In some cases noticing blood in the urine.

Some tips to help prevent a UTI

    • Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day
    • Drink cranberry juice
    • Perineal hygiene, wiping the perineum from the front to the back
    • Wear cotton underclothing

Call you healthcare in for experience

    • Painful, frequent or difficulty in voiding
    • If you urine smells foul or is bloody
    • If you have a fever and chills
    • Here is a great video on Urinary tract infections:

 

 

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