7. Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress on the abdomen can help minimize bladder pressure or discomfort. A warm compress also helps reduce inflammation as well as preventing the growth of the bacteria that cause the infection.
Unlike a hot tub or sauna, using a warm compress will not raise your core body temperature, which can be harmful to the unborn baby.
- Put some hot water in a flexible water bottle.
- Wrap the bottle in a thin towel.
- Apply the warm compress on your lower abdomen (over your clothing) for 5 minutes.
- Take a break of 5 minutes and repeat again. Do it for no longer than 20 minutes.
- Repeat once or twice a day.
8. Good Bathroom Habits
Good bathroom habits can play a key role in preventing and treating UTIs during pregnancy. It is also important to urinate before and after having sex.
When pregnant and suffering from a bladder infection, you may have to visit the bathroom every 5 minutes. No matter how irritating it sounds, it’s important to never hold in your urine. As soon as you get the urge to pee, use the bathroom. Be sure to completely expel your urine, too.
After using the washroom, wipe properly by going front to back.
Do not use feminine hygiene products as well as harsh soaps or body washes in the genital area, as they can cause irritation to an already vulnerable area.
Wear underwear made out of a breathable fabric like cotton to help keep the genital area dry, as bacteria thrive in moisture.