7 weeks with a UTI

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am currently 7 weeks with my third child. I have a UTI that was diagnosed on Thursday.

The doctor also told me from picking up my other two children I have pulled the muscles in my stomach. I have been vomiting non stop and am having pain in my stomach at the lower part.

I was wondering whether to wait until Monday when I go back to the doctor or go to the hospital today.

ANSWER

If you are vomiting non-stop, please call your provider right away. S/he should be available 24/7 for things like this, and will advise you how to proceed.

But now that you are pregnant, it is no longer ok to pick up your other children. Carrying one child at a time is plenty!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.