9. Vitamin C
Eating more foods rich in vitamin C during pregnancy is healthy for both you and your baby. It can also help protect against or treat UTIs.
Vitamin C increases the acidity of the urine, which in turn helps destroy the bacteria that cause the infection. Also, this vitamin helps keep your immune system strong.
A 2007 study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica found that daily intake of 100 mg of ascorbic acid played an important role in the reduction of urinary infections, improving the health of gestating women.
Good sources of vitamin C include red peppers, oranges, grapefruit, guava, strawberries, parsley, kale, broccoli, and kiwis.
If you want to take a supplement, always consult your doctor first.
10. Healthy Diet
A healthy and well-balanced diet can help a lot in treating a UTI during pregnancy. A healthy diet also ensures that the baby growing inside you gets all the necessary nutrients required for healthy development.
Eat more whole foods in place of overly refined or processed foods. Consume more antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries, oranges, spinach, cherries, tomatoes, and squash.
Include more yogurts that contain active cultures or other probiotic foods in your diet to help restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in your system.
Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar can inhibit white blood cells from fighting off bacteria that cause UTIs. Also, avoid anything that contains caffeine as well as chocolate, as these substances can irritate the bladder and cause inflammation.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Avoid wearing underwear or pants that are too tight.
- Do not have intercourse while you are being treated for a UTI.
- Change your underwear and pantyhose every day.
- Avoid drinks like coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks containing citrus juice or caffeine, which may irritate the bladder.
- Cross your ankles instead of your legs when you sit.
- Do not take any medicine or supplements during pregnancy without consulting your doctor first.