Unfortunately, frequent urination during pregnancy is a very common phenomenon and can be extremely uncomfortable.
So what can you do for to curtail this symptom of pregnancy and why does it happen?
What causes frequent urinate during pregnancy?
There are several possible reasons for frequent urination during pregnancy:
- During pregnancy there is increased blood flow, putting your kidneys to work harder and causing you to void your bladder more frequently.
- Another reason for frequent urination in early pregnancy is because your baby starts growing in your uterus, and tends to be positioned right on your bladder. Pressure on the bladder is often relieved when the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity around the fourth month.
- Later in pregnancy frequent urination is caused by the expanded uterus and consequently more pressure on your bladder.
So you may have to consider the bathroom your best friend during the first weeks of pregnancy.
However, it can be annoying if you are away from home and there is not always a bathroom available.
Does frequent urination during pregnancy affect my baby?
Not at all, in fact this symptom of pregnancy helps to clean toxins from your body.
Frequent urination is a normal symptom when pregnant. However, if the urine comes with a burning pain, go to your doctor immediately because you may have an infection; it’s not unusual for pregnant women to contract a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), which is a bacterial infection.
What can I do to avoid going to the bathroom so frequently?
There are at least a couple of remedies for treating frequent urination in pregnancy, but the on that worked great for me is the Kegel exercise. This exercise helps strengthen your pelvic floor and reduce leakage. And as a bonus extra the Kegel exercise will help you to prepare for labor and birth of your baby.
Frequent urination during pregnancy may be made worse if your pelvic floor muscle is weakened. So I highly recommend you to put the Kegel exercise in your fitness routine.
Another remedy that can reduce your frequent urination during the last trimester is a pregnancy belt. It will help to hold the weight of your stomach, which lessens the pressure on your bladder. At the same time it will help to carry the weight of your womb and prevent back pain and stretch marks on your skin.
Other recommendations are:
- During pregnancy you should drink plenty of fluids. However you should avoid liquids that have a mild diarrhetic effect, such as coffee, tea, or alcohol. Of course alcohol should definitely not be in your diet anyways.
- Anxiety may increase the urgency to urinate. So try to stay calm, do not worry, and do not stress.
- Be sure to respond to your bladder’s signals, and urinate often. Do not hold the urine.
- To prevent leaks, make sure your bladder is not very full.
Normally frequent urination during pregnancy should not have undesirable side effects. But see your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
Burning pain when urinating, fever, blood in urine or the desire to urinate immediately after emptying the bladder.
These signals may be an indication of a urinary tract infection (UTI), the most common infection during pregnancy. If left treated early, it can cause serious infections and even preterm delivery.