Peeing constantly when you're pregnant: When will it stop?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions.

The constant urge to go usually starts in the first few weeks after you conceive. You may notice it about the time you miss your first period and discover you’re pregnant.

Your uterus is basically squishing your bladder, even when the baby is really small. Right off the bat your uterus is growing, so it crowds your bladder and your bladder can’t hold as much. Pregnancy hormones also increase blood flow to your kidneys, making them work harder.

High kidney function plus less room in your bladder equals a lot of trips to the bathroom. 

Some but not all women get a little relief during the second trimester, when your uterus moves higher. But then in the third trimester, the baby’s head starts pushing on your bladder. 

It’s going to get better a few days after the baby is born. So hang in there!

In the meantime, keep drinking fluids. Your body requires more water when you’re pregnant, so don’t scale back.     

Liz Rowland, certified nurse-midwife
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington, Oxboro
Fairview Center for Women – Edina 

To learn more:

Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.

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