Frequent urination is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy. This is often caused by pregnancy hormones, an increases the amount of blood flow in your body and also due to your growing uterus.
The main reasons are:
Your growing uterus: When your uterus grow, it puts pressure on your bladder which cause even more problems in the pregnancy. But, there is nothing to worry about because it eases away after pregnancy.
Hormonal changes: The higher circulation of blood result in blood flow to the kidneys which fills your bladder more often, which causes frequent urination.
Increase in the blood volume: You have 50 per cent more blood flowing in your body than normal during your pregnancy. This means that there is extra fluid that is getting processed in your body than normal.
Also, as your baby grows it puts more pressure on your bladder increases the urge to urinate more often. This generally takes place during the first trimester and according to some pregnancy books, you will feel relieved in the beginning of the second trimester. Several studies have also shown that the need to urinate frequently tends to increase as the pregnancy progresses and especially for women who have been pregnant before.
How to avoid it?
Empty your bladder: Lean forward to empty your bladder completely when you urinate
Don’t hold it: Holding your urine for too long can affect your body and also the baby. Waiting too long can cause bladder infection.
Skip beverages: Avoid drinking carbonated drinks like coffee or tea because they are diuretics and increase production of the urine.
Many women complain about leaking while laughing or sneezing. This happens because your uterus is putting pressure on your bladder. Weak pelvic floor muscles cause urinary incontinence (which most likely will take place in the third trimester)
The only prevention that you can take up for this is not to make you bladder too full and keep it empty as much as possible. Doing Kegel exercises is also helpful. It will help you during the starting stages of your pregnancy because it will strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
We know it might be difficult for you to go and pee during night. To avoid this do not take liquids at night instead drink as much water and other liquids as you can during the day.
Can frequent urination be sign of a problem:
Frequent urination can be a sign of the most common bacterial infection in pregnant women, Urinary tract infection. UTI if not treated timely, can lead to kidney infection or preterm labour or both. Talk to your doctor if you have any of the below mentioned symptoms:
- Blood in the urine
- Burning sensation and pain while urinating
- Feeling the urge to urinate even when you are able to produce only few drops
You will have less urge to pee once you deliver your baby.
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