Frequent Urination during Pregnancy

Frequent Urination during Pregnancy

Frequent Urination during Pregnancy may be a bit bothersome to deal with. Read what causes it and what you can do about it.

Frequent Urination during Pregnancy

Frequent Urination during Pregnancy

Having a baby on the way is such a joyous phase in a woman’s life. But changes in your body, morning sickness, and discomfort over certain foods can make pregnancy uncomfortable. Add the overwhelming need to relieve your bladder very often, and you might consider your pregnancy as something less joyous after all.

The Frequent Urination Urge

The need to pee is one of the early signs of pregnancy that occurs during the first five to six weeks. Although some women may not experience it, many do make frequent trips to the C.R. during their first trimester. There are two main reasons for this urge to frequently urinate. According to pregnancy bible What to Expect When You’re Expecting (WTEWYE), there is an increase in the volume of body fluids during pregnancy as well as an “improved efficiency of the kidneys, which helps rid the body more quickly of waste products.” Another reason is that the growing uterus puts pressure on the bladder.

How Long Will This Last?

This need to pee all the time happens during the first trimester and usually continues into your third trimester. Some say that this urge lessens during your second trimester. However, some experts disagree and maintain that you can expect this challenge to stay with you for the whole nine months.

Is There A Specific Time In The Day This Happens?

You might notice that you make more trips to the C.R. at nighttime. This is because it is during the night that you are most likely to be resting and lying down, and water retained in your legs during day goes back to your bloodstream and to your bladder. “Excessive standing increases nighttime urination,” say Murkoff, Eisenberg, and Hathaway in WTWYE.

How Do I Lessen My Trips to the Bathroom?

Here are some things to think about if you want to cut down your trips to the toilet:

• Stay hydrated and go when you feel the urge. Do not decrease your intake of fluids, as you and your baby need it.

• When you urinate, try leaning forward more to fully empty your bladder.

• Cut down on diuretics, such as coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks. These drinks only make you want to urinate more.

• Make sure that your path during your nighttime trips is safe and well lighted. Making frequent trips to the bathroom, especially at night, can be a drag. But we can’t really do anything much about it except accept it as part of what we have to go through for our little bundle of joy.

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