Frequent Urination in Pregnancy

Is peeing a lot a sign of pregnancy?

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Frequent urination can be a sign of early pregnancy. This pregnancy symptom can start in early pregnancy and continue through the third trimester. Many women will notice the increased need to pee, even before the other "classic" pregnancy signs.

Why You Pee a Lot in Pregnancy

In the early weeks of pregnancy, the need to pee often is caused by extra blood and fluid used in pregnancy that is excreted through your kidneys.

As your pregnancy progresses the baby will actually grow large enough to put pressure on your bladder, causing you to feel the need to go more often. This is usually a whole pregnancy symptom.

To lessen this need at night you can try to drink more fluids during the day. Then cut back on the amount of fluids at night. You should also consider avoiding drinks that increase your need to urinate, like coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks. Caffeine tends to act as a diuretic.

Frequent urination during pregnancy is not generally a sign that something is wrong with you or the baby. Though you may experience the following symptoms if you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection:

  • burning during urination
  • fever
  • abdominal pain
  • backache
  • even more frequent urination

If you ignore a urinary tract infection you could experience preterm labor. Be sure to talk to your midwife or doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Towards the end of pregnancy as your baby drops into the pelvis in preparation for labor, you may also experience more pressure on your bladder. When trying to urinate, you can lean forward to make sure that your entire bladder is emptied. It may also mean that you leak a bit of urine when you sneeze, cough or laugh if your bladder is full.

This is called stress incontinence and will most likely go away with the birth of your baby and a fair amount of kegel exercises.

What Some Moms Say:

"I had heard other moms talk about having to pee a lot as a part of pregnancy, but I didn't realize how early that started. I mean seriously, I felt like I was always in the bathroom and my baby was only the size of a grain of rice." - Anne, 1st time mom

"It was crazy! I would go and turn around and have to go again. I was so relieved, no pun intended, when the second trimester came and I didn't have to go so much." - KPI, mom of two

"I felt like I couldn't be too far from a bathroom. I swear I thought I had a bladder infection it was so awful. I even went to the doctor to get checked out. I was glad to hear it was 'normal' even if it wasn't fun." Gena, mom to one

"Once I got used to it, it wasn't so horrible. I just had to go ever couples of hours. I worked it into my schedule and that way I could always use clean bathrooms. Don't laugh but the clean bathrooms were hard to find and if I went into a dirty one or a smelly one (even clean smelling) and my nausea would be set off." Robin, mom of three

"Watching what I put in my mouth later in the evening did help early on.

As I progressed in pregnancy, it was the baby pressing on my bladder. I would do pelvic tilts to help lift the baby off my bladder. I felt like it gave me a few extra minutes before my bladder felt full. There was nothing as sad as getting all the way out of bed to pee, only to have a few drops." - April, mom of two

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