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During pregnancy, it’s normal to urinate often. During the first trimester, your expanding uterus pushes on your bladder, putting more pressure on the bladder. As a result, this gives you the “urge” to urinate more often than usual. By the second trimester, your uterus rises higher up out of the pelvic cavity, easing pressure on the bladder. As a result, you find that you don’t have to urinate as frequently as before. Then in the third trimester, you urinate more frequently again because the baby’s head drops into the pelvis, placing renewed pressure on the bladder. Also, you may leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise. A few days after delivery, your need to urinate should return to what it was before you became pregnant.
Here are some tips for dealing with frequent urination or leaking:
- Urinate as often as you need to. Holding in your urine can lead to a urinary tract infection.
- Avoid drinking fluids right before bedtime to reduce nighttime visits to the bathroom. But be sure you still drink plenty of water & juice earlier in the day.
- Wear a sanitary pad or panty shield to catch unexpected leaks caused by sneezing or laughing
- When you urinate, learn forward a bit in order to completely empty your bladder.
- Do Kegel exercise to tone pelvic muscles.
- You may have a urinary tract infection, if you urinate frequently and ALSO have pain, burning, fever, or a change in the color or odor of your urine. Contact your care provider.
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References and Resources
- Womenshealth.gov – Body changes and discomforts: Urinary frequency and leaking
- March of Dimes – Frequent Urination
- Mayo Clinic – Pregnancy week by week: Frequent urination