Blood in Urine During Pregnancy

Finding blood in your urine is a cause for concern whether you’re pregnant or not but if you are expecting, it can, in some cases, be quite a symptom of a much more serious underlying cause.

Although the causes for finding blood in urine during pregnancy can be minor, hematuria (as it is technically known) should always be checked out by a medical professional. It is likely that you need further tests to rule out more serious conditions and problems with your pregnancy.

What does blood in urine during pregnancy look like? 

As you would expect your urine is tinged with pink, red and brown flecks of blood. You may find that your urine is darker in color than usual, and also that it has a strong smell and quite hot to touch. This could be an indication that you have kidney problems, or a urinary tract infection although the latter doesn’t normally associate itself with blood in the urine.

Where does it come from? 

There are a number of reasons as to why you might find blood in your pregnancy and usually, it will come from places such as the urethra, the bladder, the ureters, and the kidneys. It is the latter in which urine is made and if there is bleeding within or around the organ, there will be blood in your urine.

How is blood in urine during pregnancy diagnosed? 

Sometimes you will be able to see the blood in your urine with the naked eye but this is less common. For the majority of cases, hematuria is diagnosed after a urine sample has been given and the blood spotted with the help of a microscope in the lab. A dipstick can also be used to diagnose certain conditions such as a UTI or urinary tract infection.

What causes blood in urine during pregnancy? 

There are a number of reasons why you might experience this symptom during pregnancy. The first of which is a bladder infection, or a urinary tract infection which will also have symptoms such as hot / burning urine, trouble or pain when urinating, a fever and flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain and also blood if the problems left untreated or conditions become more serious.

Constant toilet trips when you are pregnant could be the reason behind your UTI combined with the change and rush of hormones. These result in changes in your urinary system and although some women can have an infection without any symptoms, the majority will have very painful symptoms indeed.

If you think you have a urinary tract infection while pregnant, you should seek medical advice. You may need antibiotics to treat it.

If you leave a UTI without treatment, the infection could move along to your kidneys causing a kidney infection. This is another reason why you may experience blood in urine during pregnancy and if you have been experiencing cystitis-like pain for a while, it is definitely time to visit your doctor.

As well as causing kidney infections, leaving a bladder or urinary tract infection untreated during pregnancy could also cause miscarriage and some women can present symptoms of this with blood, both in their urine and vaginally.



Constant kidney infections can cause further kidney concerns later on in life. Any damage that occurs cannot be reversed and with constant infections comes constant damage. It is important to seek and keep seeking medical advice if you are constantly suffer with infections of the urinary tract.

Although being pregnant doesn’t generally make you more susceptible to kidney stones, they are more difficult to treat during this time. This also presents itself with similar symptoms to bladder and kidney infections with severe abdominal pain, discomfort and difficult urinating, blood in urine during pregnancy and more.

Genetics can play a part in kidney stones and not drinking enough water will also increase your chances of suffering. You should also ensure you are consuming enough calcium.

Although it is important to exercise during pregnancy, strenuous exercise should be avoided because this can also lead to protein and blood in urine. There are also a number of genetic conditions which could increase your chances of experiencing blood while urinating such as kidney disease and sickle cell anemia. Certain prescribed and over the counter medications could also cause this problem including heparin, penicillin and aspirin.

Will it affect my pregnancy?

If you have a bladder or kidney infection and you leave it untreated, the condition could have a negative impact on your pregnancy causing miscarriage, stillbirth, a low birth weight and even early labor.

If you are pregnant and have any of the following symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention to get the problem treated before it has a chance to get to a dangerous stage:

  • Flu like symptoms, chills, fever
  • Exhaustion, fatigue, severe tiredness
  • Urine that is dark, hot, brown, smells foul, cloudy, contains blood
  • Severe pain and pressure in the lower back and abdomen
  • Increased urges to urinate, difficult in urinating, only small amount of urine being passed, pain during urination.

How to treat blood in urine during pregnancy 

Hematuria is not actually a medical condition by itself. When you find blood in your urine, during pregnancy or otherwise, it is a symptom of something else. This means when looking for a treatment, further testing must happen for a complete and sure diagnosis. Self-diagnosis and treatment is not a good idea because it’s easy to confuse this symptom as one for the wrong medical condition.

If the cause is an infection, you may require antibiotics and other prescribed medication to get the situation under control. You should not ignore these symptoms – blood in urine during pregnancy can be a very serious symptom and should not be ignored.


32 COMMENTS

    • There may just be levels of blood too small to see that are causing the scent. Certain bacteria caused by a urinary tract infection can also cause changes in the odor of your urine. You may want to go to your doctor to find out why you are having the symptom–and if you have a urinary tract infection, get treatment.

  1. Hello Gm im 7weeks and 5days and I first started out with just spotting. Now when I urine blood comes out but its like small clots. I’ve been to the Doctor waiting on my hcg levels to come back. My concern is why bleeding in the toilet bowl when i urine and some blood when I wipe but anything doesn’t come out on the pad. i really need help very concerned.

    • It is good that you have already spoken to a medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. If they continue, then inform your doctor. While you are waiting for the results, relax and reduce stress on your body. Best of luck, Christine!

  2. Hi I am 16 weeks pregnant. Today I started experiencing pain while urinating and saw slight blood as well in the urine. What do you think it could be ?

    • You will want to make an appointment at this time. If you continue to bleed, bleed clots, or experience painful sensations, then visit the emergency room. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Zarana!

  3. I’m about 12 weeks pregnant. Today when I would wipe, there was light red. Didn’t think much of it but just now I wenot to go pee and there was blood as if I was on my period. Wiped 3 times and still blood. Should I go to the Emergency or make an appointment in the morning

    • You will want to make an appointment at this time. If you continue to bleed, bleed clots, or experience painful sensations, then visit the emergency room. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Christina!

  4. Hello. I am 14 weeks pregnant and i started to see blood when I whipped after peeing a couple days ago I heard that it was normal.Today i have noticed blood comes out when i pee and i have so many cramps. Is this normal? I won’t see my doctor for 3 more weeks.

    • It is probably not anything to be too worried about, but you should call your doctor and ask. He or she would have your full medical history and be better able to diagnose the problem. When you call your doctor, explain your symptoms and ask if you should make an appointment to come in early or just wait for your next appointment. If you experience severe cramping, heavy bleeding or other symptoms before then, you should go to your doctor right away.

    • It could be random, a sign of a urinary tract infection or something worse. You should call your doctor office and see if he or she wants you to come in and be checked out. It may be nothing, but it would be much better to find out for sure.

  5. My daughter is 14 weeks pregnant. She has been bleeding for two days on and off. She has no pain nor discomfort when she pees. Dr says sometimes these things happen. Did not give her an antibiotics. He did exam her and everything looked good. He wants to see her in two weeks. Still a little concern as too why this is happening :/ praying this gets better and not worse.

    • It seems like you may have commented two times on this one. I have to approve each comment individually, so it may take a little while for it to appear. If you do not see it immediately, don’t worry because you will. Read through my first response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

  6. My daughter is 14 weeks pregnant. She has been bleeding for two days on and off. She has no pain nor discomfort when she pees. Dr says sometimes these things happen. Did not give her an antibiotics. He did exam her and everything looked good. He wants to see her in two weeks. Still a little concern as too why this is happening :/ praying this gets better and not worse.

    • This can sometimes happen during early pregnancy. If there is not a medical condition or infection causing it, then waiting to see what happens may be best. If her symptoms change, call the doctor to make an appointment and explain the new symptoms. Otherwise, stick to the doctor’s original instructions.

  7. Hie im 18 weeks pregnant and its my first baby …i went to pee and noticed blood after my urine and on the tissue as well..am really worried could it be normal

    • It is likely not a major problem. However, you should speak with a medical professional. You should speak with a doctor anytime that you are bleeding during pregnancy. This is to prevent potential health hazards for you and for your child. Best of luck, Sherz!

  8. My sister-in-law got little blood in urine. Its her first month of pregnancy. Please help me and give me solution. She is crying a lot.

    • It is likely that she is healthy. However, it would be best for her to speak with a doctor. Anytime that there is bleeding during pregnancy, the bleeder should speak with a medical professional. This is for the safety of both the mother and potential child. Good luck, Farida!

  9. Hi,
    I am 24weeks pregnant. yesterday had a slight pain in right side of the abdomen. Today around 12 pm when i go to pee,found a little red patch of blood in urine and color of the urine was brown. should i rush to doctor right now? or could wait until evening.

    • You may want to speak with a doctor. It may be wise to speak with a doctor anytime that you are bleeding during your pregnancy. There is probably nothing wrong, but it is always best to take care of yourself as soon as possible. Best of luck, Neera!

  10. Hello
    I am 35 yrs old with o- Rh with 2 months of Pregnancy after 7 yrs of my 1st baby….When I am going to wash room I always feel some pink colour on my hands and I have done USG for Fetal Findings which revealed a live single pregnancy with 7 weeks of Gastetion age and I am on Hcg 5000 And other Hormones but after 3 days of usg I am having started sporting bleeding two times in a days with sever urination and I have done Urine examination which shows Pus cells 5 to 8 RBC 40 to 45 Bacteria floora 3+ and advice me some Antibiotics Amoxcylline with Calvinic acid 625….after started my Antibiotics I feel good but bleeding occurs with urine……

    Please replay
    Thanks
    With regards

    • You will want to make another appointment with a doctor. You have a lot of information that your doctor may need to answer your questions. Continue to monitor your experiences so you can better answer their questions. Make an appointment as soon as you are able to do so. Best of luck, Shahina!

  11. I went to ER 5 days ago as soon as I discovered drops of blood in my urine and burning pain when I pee’d. I’m 23 weeks pregnant. I was given Macrobid for 7 days, and I’m on my 5th day now. I took pyridium too for 3 days. Symptoms are still there, they seem not improving – blood whenever I pee, frequent visits to bathroom and burning pain. Should I be alarmed and go back to urgent care? Or wait to finish my antibiotics?

    • Your doctor should have given you a time frame regarding the bleeding. Continue to take your medication. There is no harm in calling your doctor and explaining your concerns. Your doctor will be able to give you the answers that you are seeking. If you are still bleeding when you finish your antibiotics, then make another appointment. Best of luck, Anne!

  12. I’m 34 weeks and woke up at 3am having to pee and it burned so bad. I tried to go back to sleep but I’ve been having the urge to pee and went 3 more times with little pee but tons of pain. It’s now 7am and went again this time when I wiped there was a little pink and when I looked in the toilet I could see red little specks of blood. I did have intercourse before bed and have had the light spotting happen before.

    • Extreme discomfort while urinating may be cause for concern. You may want to make an appointment with your medical professional. It is best to take care of any infection that you may have as soon as possible, especially during pregnancy. Monitor your experiences until your appointment date. Best of luck, Shelby!

    • Continue to monitor these experiences. If it occurs again, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If you find that you are concerned about this occurrence, then make an appointment. Best of luck, Angela!

  13. I’ve had blood in my urine three times during my pregnancy the doctor has given me antibiotics every time I’m really concerned as I don’t like take medication at the best of times the doctor don’t seem to be concerned about this fact. Should I that this further and ask for more tests
    Is there something I can do to stop another infection in the future I’m only five months pregnant at the moment
    Please reply asp as I’m very concerned as I have all of the symptoms you put above
    Regards Charlotte Wane

    • You should call your doctor. If your doctor does not give you any other information, then you would be correct to attempt to speak with another doctor. Ask for a copy of your medical history from your doctor so you can give it to another doctor for a second opinion. Continue to monitor your symptoms as you move forward. Best of luck, Charlotte!

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