An increase in the number of trips to the restroom is one of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy. And this early symptom will not go away with the first trimester. It will stay throughout your pregnancy and it becomes bad in the third trimester. To make it worse, even a cough or sneeze or laugh may end up in urine leakage. Well, these are quite normal during pregnancy. Ever wondered what makes you urinate so often when you are pregnant? Read on to know the culprits behind it.
Reasons For Frequent Urination
Hormonal changes: When you are pregnant, your body produces pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). In the presence of hCG, the blood flow to your kidneys increases. Thus, your kidneys become more efficient during pregnancy, forcing you to get rid of waste more often.
As your pregnancy progresses, the pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes the tubes of your urinary system. This may affect the flow of urine from your kidneys to your bladder and then from your bladder. As a result, you will end up passing small amounts of urine, increasing your frequency of urination.
During the third trimester, the growing baby moves lower into the abdomen putting so much pressure on your bladder. This will naturally increase the frequency of urination.
Increased blood volume: As you know, your blood circulation increases when you are pregnant. In fact, you have almost 50 percent more blood circulating in your body. Thus, your kidneys process this extra amount of fluid in your body and they end up in your bladder – another reason for you to pee more!
Is It Possible To Avoid Frequent Urination?
Well, cutting down fluid intake might be in your mind if you are exhausted of toilet trips. However, that is not a good move. Staying hydrated with lots of fluids is the thumb rule of pregnancy. But, you can make a few changes in your diet to avoid frequent urination. Avoid diuretics such as coffee, tea, alcohol, carbonated drinks and other caffeinated beverages. Instead, drink water to keep your body hydrated.
The night-time trips to the restroom are something that irritates every pregnant woman. You could minimize it by drinking very little a few hours before bedtime. However, make sure that you don’t go thirsty. Do not cut back fluid intake with an intention to reduce your bathroom visits. Consider these as a part of pregnancy, which will end with the arrival of your baby.
Dealing With Urine Leakage
Along with frequent urination, there is another challenge during pregnancy. Sneezing, coughing, or laughing may cause you to leak urine. This is because of the pressure of your expanding uterus on your bladder and weak pelvic floor muscles. Known as “stress urinary incontinence,” it can happen when you do a certain type of exercises. Kegel exercises may help you strengthen your pelvic floor, thus, reducing urine leakage. Never resist your urge to pee. Always empty your bladder to avoid stress urinary incontinence.
Word Of Caution
Having to pee a lot is indeed a common symptom of pregnancy. It is often considered an early sign of pregnancy. However, you need to talk to your doctor if it bothers you too much. Pain or burning sensation when you urinate is definitely not a good sign. Sometimes you may feel a strong urge to urinate, but there will not be anything more than a few drops of urine. Your urine smells unpleasant and it may contain blood too. Frequent urination along with these symptoms can happen because of urinary tract infection (UTI). It is the most common kind of bacterial infection in pregnant women. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms. Without treatment, UTI can lead to serious problems such as kidney infection.