What are the benefits of routinely screening for bacteria in the urine of pregnant women?
It’s not clear whether it’s a good idea to routinely screen for in the urine of pregnant women (bacteriuria ). It’s also not possible to say whether should be used if high levels of are detected in the urine but there are no noticeable urinary tract problems.
Routine tests are carried out during pregnancy to see whether the baby is developing normally and the mother is healthy. Screening tests in pregnancy include ultrasound scans and blood tests, as well as urine tests. In Germany, special guidelines (“Mutterschafts-Richtlinien”) specify what is to be tested in pregnancy, and what sorts of tests are used.