Can UTI Cause Miscarriage?

UTIs (urinary tract infections) are generally not directly linked to an increased risk of miscarriage during early pregnancy. However, certain types of severe infections, if left untreated, may potentially lead to complications that could pose a risk to the pregnancy.

It’s important to differentiate between lower urinary tract infections (cystitis) and upper urinary tract infections (pyelonephritis). Cystitis refers to an infection of the bladder, while pyelonephritis is a more severe infection that involves the kidneys. If a UTI, especially pyelonephritis, is left untreated, it can lead to kidney infections, which may result in fever, dehydration, and other serious health issues. Severe infections, high fever, and dehydration can indirectly impact the pregnancy and may pose a risk to both the mother and the fetus.

Infections during pregnancy should be promptly identified and appropriately treated to avoid potential complications. If you suspect you have a UTI during pregnancy or experience any symptoms like pain or burning during urination, frequent urination, or cloudy or bloody urine, it’s crucial to seek medical attention and follow your healthcare provider’s advice for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Remember that it’s always best to communicate openly with your healthcare provider about any health concerns you may have during pregnancy to ensure the well-being of both you and your baby. Early detection and management of UTIs and other infections are essential to safeguarding a healthy pregnancy.