Is Pregnancy Making Urinate Frequently? Get Our Top Tips for Managing Pregnancy Incontinence

Needing to urinate more often is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It can actually be one of the first signs that you might be expecting, but it can also persist throughout your pregnancy. As well as needing more frequent bathroom breaks, you can also develop pregnancy incontinence, which means that you are less in control of your bladder.

What is Pregnancy Incontinence?

Several factors can cause urinary problems during pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy hormones can make your urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) relax and contract, pushing urine out
  • As your uterus gets bigger, it can push against your bladder, so you need to go more often and sometimes have to pee suddenly
  • Carrying a baby and giving birth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles that help you to control your bladder

Urinary changes are very common during pregnancy. Most women will notice some changes and approximately 62% of women are affected by pregnancy incontinence. About 50% will continue to experience problems after they give birth. So, what can you do if you are affected?

Our Tips for Dealing with Pregnancy Incontinence

Although you can’t do much about needing to urinate more often when you are pregnant, there are some things you can do to tackle pregnancy incontinence. You might want to try some or all of the following tips to prevent or manage your symptoms:

  • Make sure you take regular bathroom breaks. Listen to your body so that you can predict when you’ll need to go and when you might be at risk of leaks. Some women need to go every couple of hours at certain stages in pregnancy, so make sure you go often, know where the nearest bathrooms are, and go before every trip.
  • Don’t avoid drinking because you’re worried about incontinence. Staying hydrated is vital for your health, especially during pregnancy.
  • We recommend coming to your ultrasound appointment with a relatively full bladder you just need to take a drink about an hour before the appointment and try not Urinate before your scan. However, don’t try to hold it in if you’re uncomfortable.
  • Wear pantyliners if you are experiencing leaks. You’ll be more comfortable if you can get rid of the wetness right away and you’ll probably feel less anxious if you know you have a liner.
  • Practice pelvic floor exercises or Kegels. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles before, during and after pregnancy can reduce the risk of developing incontinence or help to improve your symptoms.
  • Talk to your doctor or midwife if you’re experiencing leaks, especially if they continue for more than a few weeks after you give birth. Treatment can often help.

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