What could be the cause of blood in my urine?
"I am 32 and 20 weeks pregnant. I went to the clinic and the nurse tested my urine and said there is blood. What could be the cause?"

Tina Otter (midwife and childbirth educator) answers:

Blood in your urine could be a sign of a severe urinary tract infection. This should be treated with antibiotics, plus you should follow the tips below. Be sure to report any pain when passing urine to your midwife or the doctor. Be sure not to limit your intake of fluid as you will then be more likely to develop bladder infections and other problems. Instead of drinking many glasses of water throughout the day– sip your water constantly and you are less likely to keep running to the toilet as more water is likely to be absorbed, instead of it passing straight through. Exercise your pelvic floor daily. Do not hold your urine in when you need to go. Do not lean forward on the toilet, this may stop you from emptying your bladder completely making a breeding ground for bacteria. Always remember to wipe from your vagina back towards the anus and not the other way around. Avoid drinking coffee or tea as they are bladder irritants and may make your bladder more sensitive and uncomfortable.

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