Many different chronic diseases, including kidney disease and diabetes, can cause protein in your urine. During pregnancy, protein in your urine can mean a very dangerous condition called preeclampsia, or extremely high blood pressure. You may have this test after a dipstick urine protein test.
What does high protein in urine during pregnancy mean?
A very high amount of protein in anyone’s urine, formally called proteinuria, can be a sign of kidney problems. In pregnancy specifically, it’s an indication of preeclampsia when combined with high blood pressure after 20 weeks’ gestation.
How can I reduce protein in my urine during pregnancy?
How to reduce protein in urine during pregnancy
- Low dose aspirin during the first trimester.
- Delivery at 37 weeks of pregnancy.
- Medications like antihypertensives, anticonvulsants and steroids.
- Inducing labour.
Can protein in urine affect baby?
Protein in your urine has no direct effect on the baby. The reason we always check your urine is that protein is one of the signs of pre-eclampsia. This is a condition where your blood pressure can climb rapidly, your kidney function can become abnormal and your clotting can be affected as your platelets drop.
Does protein in urine always mean preeclampsia?
Previously, preeclampsia was only diagnosed if high blood pressure and protein in the urine were present. However, experts now know that it’s possible to have preeclampsia, yet never have protein in the urine. A blood pressure reading in excess of 140/90 mm Hg is abnormal in pregnancy.
What does preeclampsia do to the baby?
Preeclampsia affects the arteries carrying blood to the placenta. If the placenta doesn’t get enough blood, your baby may receive inadequate blood and oxygen and fewer nutrients. This can lead to slow growth known as fetal growth restriction, low birth weight or preterm birth.
Can drinking less water cause protein in urine?
Dehydration may cause temporary proteinuria. If the body loses and does not replace liquids, it cannot deliver the necessary nutrients to the kidneys. This causes problems with the way the kidneys reabsorb protein. As a result, they may excrete it in the urine.
Can stress cause protein in urine during pregnancy?
Strenuous exercise, diet, stress, pregnancy, and other factors can cause a temporary rise in urine protein levels. Your health care provider may recommend additional urinalysis tests if a high level of protein is found This testing may include a 24-hour urine sample test.
How much protein in urine is normal in pregnancy?
Background and Objectives: Excretion of urinary protein increases to 300 mg/d (from up to 150 mg/d) in normal pregnancy. Values above this may be due to disorders that can endanger the patient or her pregnancy.
How quickly can preeclampsia develop?
Preeclampsia can happen as early as 20 weeks into pregnancy, but that’s rare. Symptoms often begin after 34 weeks. In a few cases, symptoms develop after birth, usually within 48 hours of delivery. They tend to go away on their own.
Can a UTI cause protein in urine?
Urine infection can cause proteinuria, but usually there are other signs of this – see Cystitis/Urinary Tract Infections. Proteinuria can also be a symptom of some other conditions and diseases: for example: congestive heart failure, a first warning of eclampsia in pregnancy.
Does stress cause preeclampsia?
Stress may lead to high blood pressure during pregnancy. This puts you at risk of a serious high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia, premature birth and having a low-birthweight infant. Stress also may affect how you respond to certain situations.
Can preeclampsia go away?
Preeclampsia typically goes away within days to weeks following delivery. Sometimes, your blood pressure can remain high for a few weeks after delivery, requiring treatment with medication.
What’s the difference between preeclampsia and eclampsia?
Preeclampsia and eclampsia are pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders. Preeclampsia is a sudden spike in blood pressure. Eclampsia is more severe and can include seizures or coma.