17. Burning sensation when you pee
This could be due to a urinary tract infection. When you are pregnant your bladder goes through all sorts of changes. Needing to go to the toilet frequently is a common symptom of pregnancy. But when you need to pee more often and it is painful or burns, then you need to get it checked out.
Urinary tract infections, also known as cystitis are quite common, but when you are pregnant you are more susceptible thanks to the hormonal changes. The added progesterone slows down the flow of urine to the bladder, giving the bacteria more time to grow before they get washed out. If you need to go to the toilet more often and more urgently, or you lose a drop of urine on the way to the toilet, these could be other indicators.
As anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection knows, it can pass quickly to the kidneys. If this happens, you might have other symptoms. You could have nausea, tiredness and feel achy all over. You could also have a fever. Your urine might also start to look cloudy, have blood in it or be a bit smelly. These are all indicators that the infection has passed to the kidneys.
A urinary tract infection could harm your baby because it can irritate the womb and cause you to go into labor prematurely. When a urinary tract infection moves on to the kidneys it can also make you seriously ill. The doctor will test your urine for bacteria and give you a course of antibiotics. Urine tests are part of the routine pregnancy tests so that if you have an infection that you are not aware of, it can be caught early.