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I am almost 5 months pregnant and went to my Dr last week bc I was peeing blood and a little gushing but not bad, well he did an exam and sure enough it was coming from my urethra not my vagina, so he sent off my urine to have it analyzed and he called back yesterday ( I went to him last Wednesday ) with the results and said that it looks like I have a bladder infection but he ordered an ultrasound for today at 1:30, well that's all good and fine but I've realized that I "gush" at night and when I take naps or if I'm laying on the couch, and also I wear a pad constantly bc I never know when it might happen but what is starting to really scare me and I can't get ahold of my Dr about is that from 12- 5 this morning, I had to change 3 pads bc I am gushing out so much blood and I'm getting scared over it....

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Shannon:

If the blood is likely from an infection, then your physician will start by giving you an antibiotic.  Treatment is often difficult during a pregnancy.  The bleeding is scary but it is rarely bad enough to be dangerous.  Call your obstetrician in the morning and tell him about the increased bleeding.  You may need a catheter temporarily to help control the bleeding until the infection is eliminated.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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