ACOG Green Journal: Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnant Individuals

Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnant Individuals : Obstetrics & Gynecology (



Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the more common perinatal complications, affecting approximately 8% of pregnancies (1, 2). These infections represent a spectrum, from asymptomatic bacteriuria, to symptomatic acute cystitis, to the most serious, pyelonephritis. The presence of UTIs has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including increased rates of preterm delivery and low birth weight. Screening for and treating asymptomatic bacteriuria have been shown in multiple studies to reduce the incidence of pyelonephritis in pregnancy (3–5). Given the frequency at which UTIs are encountered in pregnancy, the ability to recognize, diagnose, and treat them is essential for those providing care to pregnant individuals. This Clinical Consensus document was developed using an established protocol in conjunction with the authors listed.