During pregnancy, about 20% of women experience frequent urination, which is when they have to urinate (wee) more frequently than usual. Due to the hormonal and physical changes that pregnant women experience, they need to use the bathroom more frequently than normal as their bodies are undergoing changes. There are three organs in your abdomen, a rather small cavity: your bladder (where you store urine), your bowel (where you poop), and your uterus (where you grow your baby). So when something happens to one, it’s likely to affect the others.
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What causes frequent urination during pregnancy?
Pregnancy causes your body to produce more fluid than it normally does, which leads to frequent urination. Additionally, your kidneys, which are responsible for producing urine, become more efficient. The uterus – located directly behind your bladder – grows in size as a result of your pregnancy, which causes it to push against your bladder in order to accommodate your growing baby.
One of the common causes of frequent urination during pregnancy is a weak pelvic floor muscle, which is another contributing factor for some women. The pelvic floor muscles provide support for the bladder, the uterus, and the bowels that are located within the pelvis.
When am I more likely to experience frequent urination during pregnancy?
It is common for pregnant women to urinate frequently throughout every stage of pregnancy. It is common to use the toilet more often during the first stages of pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Your baby pressing against your bladder is more likely to cause this condition later in pregnancy, while in the final few weeks of pregnancy, you may have difficulty emptying your bladder completely.
It is not uncommon for you to wet yourself a little while coughing, sneezing, or lifting things at the end of your pregnancy. As a result of these actions, more pressure is placed on your pelvic floor, and for many women, the pelvic floor muscles are weakened during pregnancy.
Am I likely to experience frequent urination if I have had it before pregnancy?
It is likely that you will experience worsening bladder problems after giving birth if you had bladder problems before pregnancy. It is also possible for women to develop new bladder problems after giving birth.
How can I reduce frequent urination during my pregnancy?
Despite the fact that you cannot do much to reduce your frequency of urination, you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. The strengthening of these muscles can assist you in ‘holding in’ your urine until you are able to use the restroom. Exercise is the most effective method of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. As a result of exercising the muscles, your bowel, uterus, and bladder will be provided with a secure and solid support system.
Exercises for the pelvic floor should ideally be performed before becoming pregnant, but it is never too late to begin. You should continue to exercise your pelvic floor after giving birth as well.