Most women expect a broad
waistline during pregnancy, but when they find many other changes like frequent
urination and leakage, they are left surprised. Read on how to deal with
increased urination and incontinence in
Bladder control problems are
common in pregnancy. However, the best thing is that they are temporary. The
problem arises because there is pressure generated on the bladder, urethra and
pelvic floor muscles due to the growing weight of your unborn child. This
pressure can lead to frequent need for urination as well as leakage of urine at
the time of coughing, sneezing or even laughing.
Why am I urinating so
Most pregnant women need to go
to the washroom more frequent than before. In fact, frequent
urination is a very common problem and almost all pregnant women have
to bear with this. Some women even feel that their bladder has shrunk and they
need to go to the bathroom perhaps every few minutes.
pregnancy, your kidneys work more efficiently and there is a substantial
increase in the volume of body fluids, ridding the body more quickly of waste
products. At this stage the growing uterus is in the pelvis next to the
bladder, leading to an increase in urinary frequency. This will continue until
the 3rd month or until the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity. However, in
the mid of your pregnancy term, you will find some relief from this problem
because the uterus no longer presses your bladder.
the final weeks of pregnancy, you will find the same urge to urinate often. The
reason is that your child has now dropped into your pelvis and is preparing
for labour and his head is pressing the bladder and
Is it true that some women do not urinate
If a person regularly
urinates often, there might not be much of an obvious difference. Another factor
for reduced urine flow could be the lack of enough fluid intake. If you are not
having at least 8 glasses of liquid a day, you could be susceptible to a
urinary tract infection.
What is stress incontinence (leaking urine)
and what can one do about it?
trimester, some women leak urine when they laugh, cough or sneeze
because of the increasing pressure of the uterus on the bladder. Exercises,
which help tone up the pelvic muscles for delivery, would help in this case
too. In fact, it would also help prevent post-partum
How to cope with frequent urination
Here are some tips
for coping with frequent urination during
Keep your weight
gain under control. Even though your weight is tended to increase,
you need to keep the increase moderate because extra pounds will only increase
Try to work up and do yoga asana
that are advised during pregnancy. Make sure you attend some renowned class or
talk to your doctor about this.
Train your bladder by going to
bathroom in every 30 minutes no matter whether you need the urge or not.
Increase the time gradually every day and stay comfortable.
Do not make the mistake of
lowering your fluid intake just to minimise the frequency. This will even
worsen the situation leaving you dehydrated. Just keep in mind that at least
eight glasses of water is essential every day when you are
Eat well and add fibre to your
diet more if you experience constipation
during pregnancy. The bowel should be clear because this leads to
many other problems also.
Cross your legs when you feel like
sneezing and coughing or at the time of laughing.
Use of pads or panty liners can
also help absorb urine leakage.
When to call your
Although frequent urination
or incontinence is common in pregnancy and in almost all cases it is temporary,
it can be annoying, messing and embarrassing. If you are leaking urine, you
should take a quick smell test because if the leakage is odourless and clear,
it might be amniotic fluid. If your urge to urinate is accompanied with pain or
there is burning sensation, there can be an underlying problem. If you find
that even if you feel like urinating and you are unable to pass urine, there
must be some infection. Consult your doctor
Many women experience temporary urine incontinence
or leakage during pregnancy. There are exercises that are recommended that help
reduce the problem of incontinence in pregnant women. These exercises also help
strengthen the pelvic floor muscles after
What are the causes of frequent
urination during pregnancy? How to deal with frequent urination and urine
leakage during pregnancy? Which exercises help to prevent urine leakage during
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