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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Into every pregnancy a little rain must fall...

Over the weekend, we got an email that our surrogate had been admitted to the hospital with a urinary tract infection.  She's still there.  Dr. Shivani emailed us immediately to say this is extremely common and that there's nothing to worry about -- and Dr. Google, of course, concurs.  It seems that this is something quite common as the babies grow and squash vital organs and tubing out of the way.  She's on IV antibiotics, mainly so that this doesn't develop into a kidney infection.
Because I'm helpful that way (and because if I didn't, this would be a really short post), I'm posting here what Babycentre.co.uk has to say about UTIs:

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused when your urinary system becomes infected by bacteria. UTIs are much more common in women than in men. Half of women will have at least one UTI during their lifetime (CKS 2009).

Cystitis, an infection of the bladder, is a common UTI which you're more likely to develop while you're pregnant (NHS Choices 2009).

If left untreated, UTIs can be quite painful and may cause other problems if the infection reaches your kidneys. If a kidney infection is left untreated during pregnancy your baby could have a low birth weight or be born prematurely (Lloyd 2009, CKS 2009). Your kidneys may also become damaged. So you can see why prompt treatment is important.

You're more prone to UTIs during pregnancy due to the changes your body is experiencing. The hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles of the tubes (ureters) that connect your kidneys to your bladder. This slows down the flow of wee from your kidneys to your bladder. As your uterus (womb) enlarges, it has the same effect. As a result, bacteria have more time to grow before they're flushed out.


  1. It's really good that Dr Shivani jumped on this so quickly. Hope it is smooth sailing from hereon all the best

  2. So glad its just a routine complication. Nevertheless, I understand the stress that accompanies an email stating that your surrogate has been admitted to the hospital. Stay strong, we all understand how difficult it is to be so far away at times like this.

  3. Ouch, it's like "p*ssing razor blades" ... excuse my french

  4. I have also heard this is common so hang tough...if this is the worst of your problems then so be it.

    And Meg, you opened the door...so...when I had my back surgery three years ago, they didn't tell me I was going to have a catheter...and MAN, when I woke up it was exactly like you said...for DAYS. It was more like acid than razor blades. But anyway, I digress.

    1. Meg... Doug... don't MAKE me tell you about my kidney surgery...

      Okay, maybe sometime over drinks...

  5. Poor girl! Glad she is getting treatment and that the doctor is keeping you in the loop. Hope all is well now!

  6. IV antibiotics? Wow, in the US you get a 7-14 day supply of sulfa, and home you go. The care the surrogates are receiving is FAR superior in India! I'm impressed!