Have you noticed that you have to go tinkle more than normal? Frequent urination is a very common and well-known pregnancy symptom. It’s a classic sign that you’re pregnant – however, frequent urination can also signal other health problems (such as diabetes).
Frequent urination in pregnancy can be quite a nuisance. During pregnancy, you’ll probably have to go pee a lot. It’s also common for women to leak urine (which is called urinary incontinence) when they laugh, sneeze, cough, or when they’re exercising. Frequent urination and the need to pee often is a normal pregnancy symptom to expect.
How often you’ll need to urinate will change throughout your pregnancy. In the first and third trimester, you’ll find that you’re constantly running to the bathroom. In the second trimester, you may find that you’re back to normal. However, frequent urination is different for every woman. You may have to pee all the time when you’re pregnant, while your sister doesn’t experience this pregnancy symptom at all. (Lucky her!)
Causes of Frequent Urination During Pregnancy
There are a number of reasons that you’ll face frequent urination when you’re pregnant. In the first trimester, it’s caused by hormonal fluctuations in your body. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which helps support your pregnancy. In early pregnancy, you can blame frequent urination on the surge of hCG in your body.
Another reason you’ll face this common pregnancy symptom is that your body contains more fluid when you’re pregnant. (This also contributes to pregnancy swelling or edema). In addition, your kidneys have to work harder than ever before to flush all the waste products from your body. These changes in your pregnant body al contribute to frequent urination.
Another reason that you’re always running to the bathroom to pee – you are probably drinking more water than normal. Keeping hydrated is very important in pregnancy. It helps you feel better and lessens many other pregnancy aches and pains (like morning sickness).
*** Don’t deprive yourself of water, just to try to prevent frequent urination. This can spell disaster for your baby. And it will make you feel worse in the process. Always keep well hydrated. ****
In the third trimester, your baby will move lower to prepare for labor and delivery. This can increase the pressure on your bladder, causing frequent urination. Also, this pressure can make your bladder feel full when it’s nearly empty.
Frequent urination is a hassle, and it can wake you up in the middle of the night. You might have to take several trips to the bathroom to pee at night. This can disrupt your sleep and make you a very grumpy camper.
How to Cope with Frequent Urination in Pregnancy
So how can you cope with frequent urination during pregnancy? This pregnancy symptom is annoying to say the least. And unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it. You’ll just have to deal until your baby is born.
However, what you’ll want to do is stay away from any caffeinated drinks. Caffeine isn’t great for your developing baby, and too much caffeine has been linked to several pregnancy complications. In addition, caffeine can make you urinate more frequently. You should probably avoid caffeine drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas.
To deal with constantly having to wake up at night to go pee, always go to the bathroom immediately before you go to sleep. In addition, you’ll want to cut down how much you drink before bed. Try to drink enough water and juice throughout the day. This may help reduce those middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.
To stop urine leaks, which are another common pregnancy symptom, you should practice Kegel exercises. To do Kegel exercises, you will want to squeeze the muscles you normally use to stop urinating and hold them for ten seconds, then let go. Do this 10 to 20 times in a row for at least three times each day. This will strengthen the muscle that keeps the urethra closed.
When to Call the Doctor about Frequent Urination
Frequent urination is a normal pregnancy symptom, but it can mask urinary tract infections – which are common in pregnancy. In addition to frequent urination, other signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) include blood in your urine, cloudy urine, and pain or burning when you pee.