How can you relieve the constant urge to pee when you’re pregnant?

Our expert answers your pregnancy questions

With your uterus pressing on your bladder, feeling like you have to go to the bathroom all the time is part of every woman’s pregnancy.

There’s nothing you can do to stop it, but there are a few things that can make it a little more tolerable.
  • Sitting or lying down can put a little less pressure on your bladder than standing.
  • Limit your caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and makes your body get rid of fluids faster.
  • Make sure you fully empty your bladder every time. Leaning forward when you pee can help.

Otherwise, you just have to deal with it and remember it’s going to get better after the baby is born.

The one thing you shouldn’t do is limit your fluid intake. Keep drinking. Your blood volume increases while you’re pregnant, so you need more water. Your red blood cells require water to function properly, and that extra blood is for the baby.

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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