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Frequent Urination During Pregnancy and Why It Happens

by | January 30, 2019

You may find that you are spending a lot of time in the bathroom during your pregnancy. The urinary system goes through a lot of changes during the nine months of pregnancy. From raging hormones to a growing baby, here are some of the causes of frequent urination during pregnancy.

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Why does frequent urination happen during pregnancy? Like, why do you have to pee so much?

Pregnancy hormones cause your kidneys to expand and produce more urine in order to get rid of waste more efficiently. Your growing baby also presses on your bladder, causing you to take more trips to the bathroom.

An increased need to urinate more frequently is one of the first signs of pregnancy. During the first trimester, hormonal changes will increase more urine production, so you will need to visit the bathroom more often. Your uterus is also expanding and pressing down on your bladder.

You may get some relief during the second trimester. Even though your uterus is expanding, it will rise high in the abdomen, giving you some temporary relief.

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During the third trimester, the frequent urination will increase again. Your baby will drop lower into your pelvis which will put more pressure on your bladder. This can even cause you to get up several times a night to use the bathroom. Avoiding caffeinated beverages may help, as caffeine can increase urination.

You may find it hard to control your bladder, especially in the last trimester. Laughing, coughing, and sneezing may cause you to leak a tiny bit of urine. This is called stress incontinence, and it’s partly caused by your growing uterus putting pressure on your bladder.

Doing Kegel exercises may help to prevent leakage. Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor, which includes the muscles around the urethra. To do a kegel: tighten and relax those muscles, like you’re trying to stop and start the flow of urine. Try to contract those muscles for about ten seconds then release, repeat ten to twenty times in a row for at least three times a day.

Please speak with your healthcare provider if you experience any pain during your frequent urination as this could be a sign of a urinary tract infection.

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Julie Nealon

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One Response to “Frequent Urination During Pregnancy and Why It Happens”

  1. Joanna Reid
    February 14th, 2019 @ 10:18 am

    The description of how to do Kegels isnt exactly helpful. Remember that relaxin and progesterone soften smooth muscle and ligaments during pregnancy. Doing Kegel exercises during pregnancy is a bit of a losing battle. Our bodies are meant to soften to allow the passage of our baby during birth. I can pick on several other mistakes also. Rewrite the article.

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