Acute Pyelonephritis Symptoms

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Acute pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the kidneys and more likely to affect pregnant women. Physiological changes during pregnancy interferes with urine flow.  High concentration of progesterone inhibits contraction of the ureters and the enlarged uterus compresses it. Improper drainage of the urine from the kidneys results causing it to remain stagnant.  Bacteria in the bladder will eventually infect the kidneys.


  • High fever, pain in both sides of the lower back and chill.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent urination
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Painful urination or dysuria
  • Blood in the urine or hematuria


Sepsis. Bacterial infection in the bloodstream which can spread to other parts of the body may result from pyelonephritis.

Acute Respiratory Disease. As fluid accumulates in the lungs, untreated pyelonephritis can result to acute respiratory disease.

Preterm Labor and Preterm Delivery. Pyelonephritis puts the baby at high risk for serious complication during pregnancy and even death.

Anemia. Anemia is most common complication of pyelonephritis.

Hospitalization for treatment is the best option when you have pyelonephritis during your pregnancy. Intravenous antibiotics will be administered to kill the bacterial infection. Fluid balance is also to be monitored.  Urine screening for bacteria is also recommended to assess reinfection and be treated accordingly.  White blood cells and bacteria presence in the urine are signs of kidney infections. Kidney Support Supplements can help with reducing the risk of any kidney infection.

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