Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are a common condition during pregnancy. As a woman’s uterus expands to accommodate a growing baby, the extra pressure and weight can interfere with the ability to fully empty the bladder, causing bacteria to multiply and lead to infection. UTIs can have serious implications for a fetus, including pre-term labor. As part of routine prenatal care, obstetricians are advised to obtain a urine culture at every prenatal appointment to ensure that bacteria indicative of a UTI is not present in a pregnant mother’s urine.
Last month the CDC issued a ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” about the high number of prescriptions filled by pregnant women for sulfonamides and nitrofurantoin, two common types of drugs to treat UTIs. The report advises health care providers that treat pregnant or potentially pregnant women to use formulations of these two types of drugs with caution due to a 2009 study that indicated a relationship between birth defects and their use during the first trimester.
More Than a Third of Pregnant Women with UTI Filled Sulfonamide or Nitrofurantoin Prescription