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. This is one of the reasons why your midwife will test your wee at every antenatal appointment.

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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  • By Lloyed (not verified) on 5 Mar 2019 - 21:43

    Hi my wife is 14 weeks pregnant and she is having pain urinating and painful under the stomach nd is been 2 days ,, please help

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Mar 2019 - 12:17

    Hi - Thank you for your message.
    It sounds like your wife may have a UTI, which is likely to need oral antibiotics as treatment. She will need to get a dr's appointment urgently to be seen and to have her urine tested for infection. Please do this urgently as untreated UTI's can cause complication in pregnancy. Please take care, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Sheena (not verified) on 27 Feb 2019 - 11:07

    I feel like i need to go washroom but i when i do , i just get few drops of urine but there remains a feeling that it is still inside ,, i keep sitting for around 10 mins and then again only few drops come out and that too very painful ... it is happening from last two days

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Feb 2019 - 14:10

    Hi Sheena
    It sounds like you have a UTI, which is likely to need oral antibiotics as treatment. You need to get a dr's appointment urgently to be seen and to have your urine tested for infection. Please do this urgently as untreated UTI's can cause complication in pregnancy. Please take care, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Hanaan (not verified) on 15 Feb 2019 - 19:53

    Hi ,I am 6week and 2days pregnant but when I go to weee but I got right side pain what should I do ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Feb 2019 - 12:47

    Hi Hannah
    You need to go to your GP asap to get your urine tested - it sounds like a urinary tract infection and you might need antibiotics. Please be seen as soon as you can. Tommy's Midwife.

  • By Chelsey (not verified) on 13 Jan 2019 - 19:29

    Hi I have serve pain in my stomach to the point where I start crying cuz it’s painful I try. Going the toilet to see if that helps but it makes things worse I have been the hospital about it before and they didn’t seem very helpful?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jan 2019 - 10:33

    Hi Chelsey,
    How are you feeling? I am not sure how pregnant you are or whether you are having an issue peeing or if you are constipated?
    Please get back in touch if you are still having problems.
    You can email [email protected]
    Anna-Tommy's Midwife

  • By Hillary (not verified) on 1 Jan 2019 - 21:56

    I have a serious painful Sharp pain on my lower left abdomen,the pain is so sever that I am unable to walk properly,discomfort ,I can't sleep even.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jan 2019 - 15:54

    Hi Hillary. If this is still ongoing, and you have not been seen by your midwife or doctor yet, then please go into be seen as soon as you can for review. Any abdominal pain, at any gestation of pregnancy , needs urgent review. Please take good care of yourself. All the best, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Ken (not verified) on 19 Dec 2018 - 21:11

    Hy,my name is girlfriend is experiencing a very painful feeling when she pee,yellowish and smelly,sometimes her urine is redish ..looks like its mixed up with a bit blood..,unbearable pain on the womb..she's 1 month pregnant.. please help

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 - 16:12

    Hi Ken, She should go to see her GP. She may have a urine infection (UTI) which should be treated if she is pregnant.

  • By Alisa (not verified) on 19 Nov 2018 - 17:04

    I have really big pain in my lower abdomen and each time I urine I have a stinging burning sensation and there is brown discharge coming out is this normal ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2018 - 14:41

    Please see your GP as soon as possible as it sounds as if you have a urinary tract infection. During pregnancy it is important to treat these infections with antibiotics. You should also drink plenty of water.
    Take good care of yourself

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Nov 2018 - 22:34

    Hello I’m about 4-5 weeks pregnant and I’m having a irritation and uncomfortable feeling around my vagina but are also experiencing some small bumps on the skin down below. Should I be worried?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Nov 2018 - 11:09

    During pregnancy, it is common to experience some skin changes and irritation. It is also more common to experience vaginal thrush which is a possible cause to your irritation. If it continues then do speak with the GP for a review.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By nisha (not verified) on 13 Oct 2018 - 18:35

    Every 5-10 mins I'm wanting to wee. And when I wee I'm having a slight pain in abdomen, and only a tiny tickle comes out which hurts me.. And I'm having constipation also..

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Oct 2018 - 16:46

    Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to dilute your wee and see your doctor as soon as you are able. I assume you are pregnant and we treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics in pregnancy.

  • By Jasmine puca (not verified) on 3 Sep 2018 - 20:09

    Hi. Im weeing normal and im 24 weeks pregnant since 3 days ago i have pain on my bladder and when i am weeing i am having burning pains but no blood or anything has happened what shall i do?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Sep 2018 - 16:49

    Hi You should go to see your doctor who may consider a course of anti-biotics if you have a Urinary tract infection (UTI). Try to drink plenty of clear fluids and make sure that your pee is not too concentrated. It may also be sensible to avoid intercourse until your symptoms have resolved. You can't pass a UTI to your partner but it is likely to make sex uncomfortable or even painful.

  • By Rebecca (not verified) on 11 Aug 2018 - 09:00

    I think I may have a UTI I’m getting to the point I’m bursting for a wee but only a tiny trickle comes out and it really hurts but I still feel I need a wee then 10mins or so later I try again and I end up having a full proper wee I’m 30weeks pregnant is this normal? Would I ring my doctor or maternity unit (today is Saturday)

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Aug 2018 - 16:52

    Hi Rebecca, I hope you are more comfortable now. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water so that your wee is well diluted. If you think you may have a UTI please see your doctor who will most likely take a urine sample for analysis. However, at 30 weeks this can happen if the baby is sitting on your bladder. This may be why you were able to empty properly after you walked around. Discuss with your midwife if it doesn't improve. Take care

  • 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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