While you are pregnant, you may feel the need to urinate or go to the washroom more often than normal. This is due to a few main reasons and won't last.
Why do I have to go all the time?
- The need to urinate more often happens the most in the first weeks you are pregnant and is partly due to hormonal changes.
- Your kidneys are working extra hard to flush waste products out of your body.
- As your womb begins to grow, it presses on your bladder.
- Your body creates more urine as your circulatory system works to support the two of you.
This may get better in the middle of being pregnant, but in the last few weeks before you have the baby it may get worse again. This is because the baby's head is down so low that it may press against your cervix and bladder again. You may find yourself feeling like you need to go even when you don't.
What can I do?
There's really not much you can do. You may be tempted to drink less water, but you really need to drink more. You really need to stay hydrated because if you don't drink plenty of water you could have a worse chance of early childbirth.
Keep these things in mind to help you stay well hydrated:
- Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day.
- Try cutting out cola, coffee and tea because they can make feel like you need to urinate more often.
- If nighttime trips to the bathroom are interrupting your sleep:
- Drink more liquids earlier in the day
- Don't drink much for an hour or two before bedtime
When will things get back to normal?
After your baby is born you'll most likely notice less of a need to urinate so much.
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