Needing to Urinate Frequently During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy affects virtually every area of your body and your bladder is no exception.

Most mothers-to-be will experience some changes in how often they need to wee and this can often be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.

Needing to go to the toilet more often is inevitable during pregnancy, but there are several steps you can take to manage your bladder.

Our doctors can talk you through the best ways of managing your need to urinate during pregnancy and offer practical advice on exercises and methods you can use to reduce these symptoms and prevent incontinence.


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What Causes the Need to Urinate More Frequently During Pregnancy?

There's several factors that come together during pregnancy that put increased pressure on your bladder.

As the baby develops, your uterus grows to accommodate it, putting increased pressure on the bladder and increasing the need to pee.

Being pregnant also increases the volume of blood in your body, by up to as much as 60% in some cases. This means your kidneys have to work harder to remove excess waste and unwanted fluid – both of which end up in your bladder.

You may also find yourself waking up and running to the toilet in the middle of the night. This is because fluid that’s retained in your legs, feet and other areas during the day makes its way back into the bloodstream before settling in the bladder.

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Managing the Need to Urinate Frequently During Pregnancy

Frequently needing to wee is simply part of pregnancy and there’s no known cure. However, there are several ways that you can manage your symptoms and minimise their impact on your life.

Speak to a doctor for advice on preventative methods and exercises that can give you more control over your bladder, which is vital if you want to avoid embarrassing leaks as your pregnancy progresses.

But if you notice any blood in your urine, a burning sensation when you wee or are having trouble fully emptying your bladder, this could be a sign of something more serious.

If you’re looking for advice and practical assistance on managing your bladder during pregnancy, don’t delay – speak to a doctor today.

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