Urinary frequency in pregnancy
urinary frequency is an early symptom of pregnancy in women. It is caused by an increase of the hormones, increased pressure on the bladder by the uterus and increased fluid levels. The urges tend to reduce in the second trimester, the uterus is higher in the second trimester which results in less pressure on your bladder, it comes back in the third trimester, and resolves six weeks after childbirth. Some women may also experience urinary leakage while pregnant such that they leak urine when they carry out activities such as sneezing, laughing or coughing.
It’s important to note that sometimes urinary frequency symptoms can indicate an underlying urinary tract infection (UTI). Women are more likely to experience UTIs during pregnancy. In addition to symptoms of urinary frequency or urgency, other UTI symptoms include:
- urine that appears cloudy
- urine that is red, pink, or concentrated
- urine that has a strong or foul smell
- a burning sensation when urinating
- pain when urinating
strengthening your bladder muscles through exercises known as Kegels is recommended These exercises strengthen your pelvic floor. This helps you gain better control over your urine flow, especially after giving birth. check the previous post on PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES(KEGEL EXERCISES) to read more.
Ensure to always void when the urge is felt.
Go to toilet approximately every two hours to void when awake.
Increase fluid intake during the day and decrease at night to prevent frequent urination at night which can disturb sleep.