Heat wave: beware of urinary tract infections during pregnancy

Sometimes, pregnant women do not perceive the first signs of a urinary infection. However, in times of heat wave, one must redouble vigilance. In question: the risk of dehydration.

In case of heat wave, we know, we must drink a lot of water. At least 1.5 liters a day. It is recommended for everyone, but especially for people considered fragile: the elderly, infants, people with disabilities, and pregnant women.

Pregnancy masks symptoms

During pregnancy, women urinate more often than usual. Problem, this is one of the main symptoms of urinary tract infection. To avoid it, you have to drink more than ever during a heat wave. If the infection is not treated in time, germs can set in. And there, there is danger. The kidneys can become infected and cause a premature delivery according to Dr. Thierry Harvey, head of maternity services of Diaconesses in Paris, interviewed by Franceinfo. We must therefore monitor the appearance of fever, but also lower back pain right. Because usually the uterus presses more on the right side and consequently on the right kidney.

Attention also to the blow of hot!

Too long exposure to high temperatures, as experienced in recent weeks in France can also cause hyperthermia, commonly known as "heat stroke". Headache, nausea, vomiting, behavioral problems and fatigue. All because the body can no longer regulate its temperature alone. It becomes too high, partly because of a lack of water. And the heart is racing. There is therefore also maximum danger for people with heart failure.

What to do to avoid it?

Here are some tips to apply during periods of heat: first drink plenty of water and avoid coffee, tea or alcohol. Stay in the shade and do not expose yourself to the hottest hours between noon and 4pm. Take showers very regularly, but not cold! Avoid thermal shock. Favor warm showers. If you have trouble sleeping when it's too hot, be aware that leaving the fan on can make you sick. Avoid activities that are too physical.

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