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Pregnant—We pee more!

This might be an age-old question, but medical science and research have the answers for us. Those frequent pit stops seem never-ending for many of us, but the root cause of our bathroom frustration may be how we’re made and how our bodies react at certain times.
But why is it that some of us must go so much? Are there times in our lives where we pee more than usual? Everyone is different, so their bathroom habits are not going to be the same as the next person.

What’s normal?

Let’s break down the numbers. For most people, the normal number to urinate per day is between 6-7 in a 24-hour period according to the Cleveland Clinic website.

Between 4 and 10 times a day can also be normal if that person is healthy and happy with the number of times they visit the bathroom.

What if I’m pregnant?

Do you feel like you must pee right after you just went? Do you have the urge to pee, but little pee comes out? Always looking for the closest bathroom at work, or while running errands?

According to Healthline, in addition to rising hormones, your body’s fluid levels start to increase during pregnancy. This means that your kidneys have to work extra hard to flush the extra fluid. The amount of urine you release will increase as well.

You may have to go to the bathroom more often as early as two weeks after conception or right around the time of your first missed period. Frequent urination is very common in early pregnancy and tends to be more of an issue in the first and last trimester, with a little break mid-pregnancy reports the Very Well Family website.

How is your bladder affected?

Some women may also experience leakage or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) while pregnant as the fetus grows and presses down on the bladder, urethra and pelvic floor muscles. The Office on Women’s Health reports that leakage may occur when you:

• Sneeze
• Cough
• Laugh
• Exercise
• Lift something
• Walking

Medical News Today reports that urinating more frequently than normal is common during pregnancy. As a standalone symptom, it is not a cause for concern, but pregnant women should consult their doctor if they experience pain while urinating or other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Some of those symptoms may also include:

• Urine that appears cloudy
• Urine that is red, pink or concentrated
• Urine that has a strong or foul smell
• A burning sensation when urinating

What can you do?

For frequent urination, the Very Well Family site suggests, you should:

• Stay hydrated
• Don’t hold it in
• Lean forward when you pee to help empty your bladder
• Limit nighttime hydration, but be sure to get enough during the day
• Don’t wear clothes that are tight around your waist
• Wear a sanitary pad or liner if you leak urine

After pregnancy, the urgency to pee may subside after about six weeks but be sure to talk with your Ob-GYN if you continue to have concerns about this issue.

Educational Resources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/urinary-frequency-thirst#TOC_TITLE_HDR_1

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-your-bladder-is-trying-to-tell-you-about-your-health-2/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/common-pregnancy-discomforts-4693040

https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/body-changes-and-discomforts

The information on this site is intended to raise awareness, and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis, or a substitute for health care by your physician.

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