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Eva Paris @paris_eva

The risk of cystitis during pregnancy is higher than in other stages of a woman's life. One of the effects of the hormones produced during pregnancy (especially progesterone) is the increase in vaginal secretions.

In addition, there are physiological causes: the increase in the size of the uterus causes the bladder to compress, favoring the retention of urine and, with it, the development of germs.

Also, the presence of glucose in the urine, detected in more than 70% of future mothers, is another cause that facilitates the growth of bacteria.

These phenomena, together with the lowering of the immune defenses, favor the appearance of vaginal infections and urinary infections, the most frequent of which is cystitis.

Cystitis in 80% -90% of cases is due to Escherichia Coli ("Colibacilo"), which is present in our digestive tract in a normal way and sometimes, when eliminated in the urine, causes discomfort when urinating and infections

It is estimated that between two and eight percent of women have germs in their urine during their pregnancy, although the symptoms do not usually manifest themselves. This is what is known as "asymptomatic bacteriuria".

It is very important that this type of infection is detected in time so that it does not evolve to cystitis or acute pyelonephritis, therefore urinalysis is done to pregnant women already in the first trimester.

In the presence of stinging or intense itching is necessary to go to the specialist to determine its cause, always, but especially during pregnancy, because we ensure the health of two and any complications could reverse the health of the fetus.

Through the indicated analyzes, the type of infection will be determined and the appropriate treatment will be prescribed. In any case, and without preventing you from going to the gynecologist at the slightest suspicion of infection, there are certain tips to prevent mild cystitis and help overcome it.

Soft remedies against cystitis

  • If the disorder is mild, it would be enough not to wear pants or underwear too tight. On the contrary, it is advisable to wear comfortable, loose cotton clothing, and choose stockings instead of whole panties, also as a measure of prevention.

  • Intimate hygiene must be careful and frequent. It is recommended to use non-medicated products, as they can accentuate inflammation if used improperly. It would be best to use a soap with neutral or slightly acidic PH.

  • If the future mother suffers from cystitis, she should take a diet rich in fruit and vegetables to regulate the intestine.

  • Also in case of cystitis it is advisable to drink water abundantly . The abundant intake of water is essential because it is an important factor that the urine is very diluted to drag the germs that produce cystitis.

When cystitis is most common in pregnant women

The risk of suffering from this disease gradually increases over the course of the nine months. In addition, the incidence is much higher in older pregnant women, in first-time mothers and in women who have successive pregnancies at very short intervals of time.

In some cases, recurrent cystitis may be due to hormonal or emotional factors (continued stress ...). It must always be the specialist doctor who determines the appropriate treatment for cystitis during pregnancy.

In conclusion, we will add that the risk of cystitis during pregnancy is greater especially in women who have been more likely to have this type of infection throughout their lives.

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