Frequent Urination During Pregnancy

Jan 26, 2011 2 Comments by

It may not be the best seat in the house, but for most pregnant women, it’s the most frequented one. Let’s face it, when you gotta go, you gotta go—and these days (and nights) you gotta go all the time. And while nonstop peeing might not always be convenient, it’s absolutely normal.

What causes this frequent urination? First, hormones trigger not only an increase in blood flow but in urine flow, too. Second, during pregnancy the efficiency of the kidneys improves, helping your body rid itself of waste products more quickly (including baby’s, which means you’ll be peeing for two). Finally, your growing uterus is pressing on your bladder now, leaving less storage space in the holding tank for urine and triggering that “gotta go” feeling. This pressure is often relieved once the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity during the second trimester and doesn’t usually return until the third trimester or when the baby’s head “drops” back down into the pelvis in the ninth month. But because the arrangement of internal organs varies slightly from woman to woman, the  degree of urinary frequency in pregnancy may also vary. Some women barely notice it; others are bothered by it  for most of the nine months.
Leaning forward when you urinate will help ensure that you empty your bladder completely, as can making it good to the last drop by double voiding (pee, then when you’re done, squeeze out some more). Both tactics may reduce trips to the bathroom, though realistically, not by much.
Don’t cut back on liquids thinking it’ll keep you out of the bathroom. Your body and your baby need a steady supply of fluid—-plus dehydration can lead to urinary tract infection (UTI). But do cut back on caffeine, which increases the need to pee. If you find that you go frequently during the night, try limiting fluids right before bedtime.
If you’re  always feeling the urge to urinate (even after you’ve just urinated), talk to your practitioner. He or she might want to run a test to see if you’ve got a UTI.

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2 Responses to “Frequent Urination During Pregnancy”

  1. nancy says:

    Kegels can also help during pregnancy (even before and after). They help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which are used to control urine flow.

  2. e-mail response says:

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