Post means "after," and partum means "pregnancy," so postpartum refers to the time period after you have a baby. It's usually considered the first 6 weeks.
What are postpartum bladder and kidney infections?
Your kidneys are 2 bean-shaped organs that make urine. Your bladder is a hollow organ that holds urine until you pee. You can get a bladder infection ( cystitis Bladder Infection Your bladder is the hollow organ that holds urine until you're ready to urinate (pee). A bladder infection is usually caused by bacteria. Bladder infections are also called cystitis. Bladder... read more ) or kidney infection Kidney Infection Your kidneys are the 2 bean-shaped organs that filter waste products out of your blood and make urine. Sometimes a kidney gets infected by bacteria. Kidney infections are usually caused by the... read more if bacteria get into these organs after delivery Delivery Delivery is the passage of the fetus and placenta (afterbirth) from the uterus to the outside world. (See also Overview of Labor and Delivery.) For delivery in a hospital, a woman may be moved... read more .
The Urinary Tract
Symptoms of a bladder or kidney infection include pain when you pee or needing to pee often
Doctors treat the infection with antibiotics
You’re more likely to get a postpartum bladder infection if you had a catheter (thin, flexible tube) put in your bladder to drain urine before or after you give birth
What are the symptoms of postpartum bladder and kidney infections?
Pain when you pee
Needing to pee often
Pain in your lower back or side
Feeling sick all over
How can doctors tell if I have a postpartum bladder or kidney infection?
Doctors do a urine test to check for bladder and kidney infections.
How do doctors treat postpartum bladder and kidney infections?
Doctors treat postpartum bladder and kidney infections with antibiotics. Your doctor may also have you drink plenty of fluids to help your kidneys work well and flush the bacteria out of your body.
Doctors will do another urine test 6 to 8 weeks after your baby is born to make sure the infection is cured.