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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