Painful urination in pregnancy

If you have a painful or burning sensation when you wee (urinate), you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)

Pregnant women can be more likely to get UTIs because of the changes the body goes through. 

What are the signs of a urinary tract infection?

Symptoms of a UTI include:

  • discomfort in the lowest part of your stomach (pelvis)
  • back pain
  • loin pain (your sides between the lower ribs and pelvis, and the lower part of the back)
  • needing to wee a lot or an uncontrollable need to wee
  • cloudy, foul-smelling (fishy) or bloody wee
  • a raised temperature (over 37.5°C)
  • feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting.

What should I do if I have a urinary tract infection?

If you get a UTI in pregnancy, you will need treatment with antibiotics that are safe to use in pregnancy. Your GP will ask for a sample of your wee so that it can be tested to make sure that you are put on the correct antibiotic. Find out more about drugs and medications in pregnancy

This is not an emergency, but it should be treated as soon as possible. 



NHS Choices Urinary tract infections (Page last reviewed: 12/12/2017 Next review due: 12/12/2020)

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    Last reviewed on September 28th, 2018. Next review date September 28th, 2021.

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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Blessing (not verified) on 21 Jun 2018 - 17:34

      pls,is it safe to take nitrofutoin?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jun 2018 - 15:25

      HI Blessing,
      Yes it is thought to be safe to take in pregnancy however it should be prescribed for you by a doctor.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Parameshwari (not verified) on 6 Feb 2018 - 13:09

      I am carrying 20weeks pregnancy, i am having burning urination since 2days,& constipation.
      Plz reply me soon.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Feb 2018 - 11:57

      Hi Parameshwari,
      It sounds as if you have an urinary tract infection. Please get an urgent appointment with your GP/Midwife. They will need to dipstick your urine, send it off for testing and start you on oral antibiotics to treat the infection as soon as possible.
      Constipation is very common in pregnancy. Try to drink at least 2 litres of water a day, eating 5 portions of fruit and veg in a day, ideally leafy, green vegetables as they contain ingredients that will help to keep your stools moving. You can also go to your local chemist and ask for stool softeners which are safe to take in pregnancy too. All of these will help you become less constipated.
      Please feel free to call us on 0800 0147800
      All the best
      Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Nov 2017 - 09:20

      Thank you for your comment.
      Please see your GP if you are concerned about any pain or symptoms- vaginal infection can cause pain or there may be other causes that may need treatment

      Take care
      Tommy's Midwife

    • By Refiloe velela (not verified) on 26 Nov 2017 - 05:17

      Vaginal infection courses pain under stomach

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