Painful urination in pregnancy

If you find that you have a painful or burning sensation when you urinate, you are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Pregnant women can be especially prone to UTI’s due to the changes that occur in the body throughout the pregnancy, this is one of the reasons why your midwife will screen the urine sample that you are asked to take to every antenatal appointment.

What are the signs of a urinary tract infection?

Other signs to look out for are:

  • pelvic discomfort
  • lower stomach/abdominal or back pain
  • loin pain
  • frequent or uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • cloudy, foul-smelling (fishy) or bloody urine
  • a raised temperature
  • 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. You should contact your doctor with a fresh urine sample so that it can be screened to ensure that you are put on the correct antibiotic.

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


  1. Patel BN et al, Urinary tract infections in women, London BMJ Best Practice, 2013. Also available at: (accessed 29 April 2014)
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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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  • 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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