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Pain when urinating what are the signs of pregnancy?

For some women, frequent urination can be a sign of pregnancy. However, what if urinating is accompanied by pain whether it be a sign of pregnancy or even a dangerous condition of a particular disease?

When pregnant, women will become frequent urination. This condition is generally normal and can be used as one of the early signs of pregnancy. Increased frequency of urination occurs because the body undergoes hormonal changes, as well as the enlarged uterus that suppress the bladder, causing frequent urination during pregnancy.

While for urination accompanied by pain, although often also experienced by pregnant women, is not a sign of pregnancy. This condition is a symptom of certain diseases, such as bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, endometriosis, genital herpes, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or urinary tract infection (UTI). Not only pregnant women who can experience pain when urinating, women who are active in sexual intercourse are also at risk of experiencing it.

The Cause of Pain When Urinating

Pain during urination can be the most common symptoms when you have a urinary tract infection or UTI. This condition often occurs during pregnancy, because the influence of pregnancy hormones and changes in the size of the uterus that suppress the bladder can cause the emptying of the urine becomes disrupted. 

Women are also at higher risk of developing urinary tract infections than men. This is because women's urinary tract is shorter than men's urinary tract. As a result, bacteria from around the anus can easily enter into the bladder and then infect it. Not only in the urinary tract, UTI can also occur when bacteria attack other urinary tract systems, such as kidney, ureter, and bladder (cystitis). Pregnant women, menopausal women, and women who are sexually active are at increased risk of bladder infections. 

Signs and symptoms that occur when a urinary tract infection, including: 

  • Sensation of pain during urination
  • Feeling often want to urinate
  • The color of the urine is cloudy
  • Fever
  • The stench of urine
  • Pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen
  • There is blood in the urine


If you experience UTI symptoms during pregnancy, consult your doctor immediately for the right treatment. This needs to be done so that bacteria do not spread upwards and cause kidney infections (pyelonephritis) or cause complications in the fetus.

Preventing Urinating Painful

Drink plenty of water 

Urinary tract infections may adversely affect the fetus, leading to premature birth, or low birth weight infants. Therefore, urinary tract infections during pregnancy should be addressed and prevented as much as possible. Here are some steps to prevent urinary tract infections, among others: 

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Fulfill your nutritional intake, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and zinc that can strengthen the immune system in fighting infection.
  • Avoid holding back, because emptying your bladder can prevent bacteria from multiplying.
  • After urinating or defecating, wipe off using a tissue or water from the front to the back (from the vagina to the anus). It aims to prevent the spread of bacteria from the anus to the vagina or to the urinary tract.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that can irritate the bladder, such as spicy foods, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine, and sour fruits.
  • Avoid feminine hygiene products in the form of sprays, powders, and antiseptic soaps that can irritate your urinary tract and female organs.
  • Keep your urinary tract clean by changing underwear every day. In addition, choose underwear cotton and not too tight to prevent the feminine area becomes damp.
  • Use condoms when having sex to prevent the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases.


These simple things can prevent you from the pain of urination caused by UTI during pregnancy. However, if you are already exposed to the UTI, immediately consult a doctor to get the right handling. It should be done to prevent complications in pregnancy, such as premature babies, low infant weight, premature rupture of membranes, and preeclampsia.

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Schwarz, R. Parents. Pregnancy and Urination. Baby Center (2016). Urinary Tract Infections During Pregnancy.

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