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Cloudy Urine While Pregnant
Being pregnant is one of the most life changing things a woman can experience, with physical, emotional, hormonal and even mental changes occurring at a rapid pace. With each new change comes new questions and women often wonder if these new changes are normal.
Experiencing cloudy urine while pregnant is one common change to a woman's usual routine and it can be unsettling. A mother wants the best for her baby and those around her want to ensure her health during and after her pregnancy. Cloudy urine can be completely normal for many women, but it can also be a sign of more serious changes taking place that need to be addressed for the health and safety of the mother and her baby. How do you know what to look for? When should you go to the doctor? Read on to find out.
Causes of Cloudy Urine
- Hormonal Changes
- Dietary Changes
- Allergic Reactions
- Sexually Transmitted Disease
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Excess Protein
What Causes Cloudy Urine When Pregnant?
Cloudy urine during pregnancy can be caused by a variety of things, and when it is the only symptom, it is likely that the cause is completely natural. Hormonal changes are among the most common causes of cloudy urine while pregnant, as the levels of estrogen and other pregnancy-related hormones are properly balancing themselves.
Another common cause of cloudy urine are dietary changes. During pregnancy, certain foods- most notably dairy- can have an adverse effect on the body, producing minor allergic reactions or chemical build ups that will result in cloudy urine. Most of the time, this is nothing to be concerned about. As a general rule of thumb, you should see a doctor if you experience cloudy urine for more than two days straight as this could be a sign of a more serious illness.
Cloudy urine can also be caused by a build up of protein. This is called proteinuria and can indicate seriously medical problems, the most serious being preeclampsia. Urine with an excess of protein will often be foamy as well as cloudy, and after one to two days with these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a urinalysis.
A final cause of cloudy urine during pregnancy is disease. Sexually transmitted diseases during pregnancy can be very serious for both mother and baby and can manifest themselves in painful urination and cloudy urine. If you experience these two symptoms together, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Burning urination and cloudy urine can also be signs of urinary tract infections which should also be treated as soon as possible. While urinary tract infections are common in pregnant woman, if left untreated they can cause serious damage to the kidneys and bladder.
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What to do if Your Urine is Cloudy While Pregnant
As soon as you notice cloudy urine during your pregnancy, you should consider the possible causes. Have you and your partner been tested for sexually transmitted diseases recently? Have you had an excess of dairy or other allergenic foods or is it possible that you have a urinary tract infection?
After considering possible causes, try making changes in your diet or exercise patterns. If your cloudy urine persists during the next few days, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a urinalysis, which will require you to urinate into a container for testing. Most tests for urinary tract infections can be completed quickly and cleared up with antibiotics. Sexually transmitted diseases may take longer to test, but many can also be cleared up or treated appropriately to avoid causing harm to the fetus.