Painful Urination During Pregnancy

Why pain or burning when you pee isn't a normal pregnancy symptom and what you should do about it — now.
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ByErika Rasmusson Janes
Nov 2018
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What is painful urination during pregnancy? You might get a burning or stinging pain while you’re peeing.

What might be causing my painful urination during pregnancy? When it comes to peeing during pregnancy,  frequent is fine—but pain is a problem. “Urination should never be painful,” says Sarah Prager, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. If you’re experiencing pain when you pee, bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, endometriosis, genital herpes, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis or a  urinary tract infection (UTI) might be to blame.

When should I go to the doctor with painful urination? See your doctor at the first sign of painful urination, Prager says.

How do I treat painful urination? Your doc will probably prescribe antibiotics, especially if it turns out you have a UTI. The reason? “UTIs can become kidney infections, so we’re relatively aggressive about treating them during pregnancy,” Prager says.

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