Do you find yourself needing to visit the loo more often?
If you’re feeling like you’ve been spending a little too much time in the bathroom recently, you’re not alone. When you gotta go, you gotta go!
Whether you’re in a deep sleep in the middle of the night, or there’s no toilet to be found nearby, frequent urination is a common discomfort during pregnancy -- And, something you definitely don’t enjoy.
When Does Frequent Urination Start?
Frequent urination is an early sign of pregnancy, which means you’ll most likely start feeling it towards the start of your pregnancy, during the first trimester. This is right around the time you will notice a missed period, which marks week 4 of your pregnancy.
Although you’ll start noticing this pregnancy symptom early on, most pregnant women say that it continues throughout their pregnancy term. In fact, most say they have to pee more frequently towards the end of the pregnancy, during the third trimester.
However, you may be happy to hear that you’ll experience some relief during the second trimester because your uterus will start moving away from your bladder.
What Causes Frequent Urination During Pregnancy?
If you’re feeling the urge to run to the bathroom, you can thank your hormonal changes that increase the production of urine. Your pregnancy hormones increase flood flow to your pelvic area, and also your kidneys.
With the increased blood flow, your kidneys will be getting rid of waste more quickly, which means needing to pee more often.
Another cause that takes partial blame is your growing uterus. Your uterus is normally the size of your fist -- but as your baby grows bigger, your uterus will continue to grow and expand to make room for your baby. As your uterus enlarges, you will feel more pressure on your bladder which causes the urge to pee.
The changes in your body are another less obvious cause -- specifically your swollen feet and ankles. If your legs tend to swell, it means they are absorbing fluids in your body (most commonly during nighttime). These are the same fluids that are used to produce urine in your system.
How Do You Manage Frequent Urination?
Getting up in the middle of the night and struggling to find a bathroom nearby can be quite the struggle. However, there are things you can do to try to prevent frequent urination.
Of course, try to cut back on fluids in the late afternoon or early evening. Just don’t forget to drink the necessary amount of six to eight glasses of water a day before you stop drinking for the day.
Also try avoiding certain beverages like coffee, tea, and soda, as they tend to make you pee more often.
When you go to the bathroom throughout the day and just before going to bed, attempt to fully empty your bladder to avoid needing to go again shortly after.
It’s also a good idea to adapt to the idea of needing to pee more often. For example, try lounging around an area where there is a bathroom nearby in case you really gotta go! And to avoid those dreaded trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keep a nightlight in the bathroom to avoid blinding yourself after being shocked by bright lighting.
When Should You Contact Your Doctor?
If you feel like you need to go to the bathroom even after you just peed, ask your doctor to check if you’ve contracted a Urinary Tract Infection. To monitor yourself, try to also observe the color of your urine to make sure you’re staying hydrated -- remember, it should be clear, not dark.
Again, feeling like you always need to pee may be something that most pregnant women can attest to. Make sure to listen to your body when it tells you that something isn’t normal and you feel like getting professional help.