Frequent urination during pregnancy.
- Cases Of Frequent Urination During Pregnancy
- Reasons For Frequent Urination During Pregnancy
- The Treatment Of Frequent Urination During Pregnancy
It may be considered a normal part of life but pregnant women can tell you that peeing is good until you find yourself having to go more than six times a day. The bathroom graduates from acquaintance to friend and pressure comes from more quarters than just your boss.
This is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy (even before you start showing). It reduces a little during the second trimester since the womb moves from the pelvis and up into the abdomen as the baby grows bigger. It comes back with a vengeance in the third trimester but thankfully you will almost be done with this journey at this point.
What really happens?
When the baby starts growing it puts pressure on your bladder. This is true even in the first trimester. This pressure causes you to feel pressed more often than usual. The baby grows bigger and the womb moves to the abdomen from the pelvis. You may feel a little relief at this point. Your body produces more urine at this point since you have increased circulation and you are also dealing with your child’s waste. Thankfully your body responds to this and increases the capacity of your bladder just so you can cope better.
Your baby becomes bigger and bigger and once again begins to push down on your bladder. Hormones also do a number on your bladder in the third trimester. There is a possibility of pregnancy hormones relaxing the tubes in your urinary system. This makes it a little more difficult for urine to move from the kidneys to the bladder and out of the bladder. You may therefore find yourself going to the bathroom often only to pass smaller amounts of urine.
Dealing with it
These are biological changes and you really can’t avoid or reduce them. What you can do is work around them so that they don’t drive you crazy. You may want to rock back and forth as you pee so that you empty your bladder better.
Cutting back on fluids may seem logical but you need to remain hydrated throughout your pregnancy so as to take nutrients to your baby. You could however reduce the amount of fluids you take a few hours before bed so that you don’t spend half your night walking to the bathroom. Remember that fluids should ideally be non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated so this leaves water and fresh juice and any other that meets these criteria.
You could also just brave it out and look at it as training for when the baby comes. You will have sleepless nights and situations that you will not be able to control!
If you feel any pain or burning sensation when you urinate, constant pain in the lower abdomen, leak urine when you feel you need to go, you feel like going again even after you just peed or if your urine smells odd, is bloody or cloudy it is important to see a doctor. These symptoms may signal a urinary tract infection and will need immediate attention so that it doesn’t develop into a kidney infection. An untreated kidney infection exposes you to the risk of premature labour so don’t ignore any of the above symptoms.
Everything will go back to normal about a week after delivery. Your body will have to get rid of all the excess fluid you hung on to during pregnancy and so you might actually notice larger and more frequent quantities of urine as from the second to about the fifth day after delivery. Your pee needs will then revert to the usual state. In the meantime, hang in there!