Do you spend more time going to the toilet now that you’re pregnant? Frequent urination is one of the symptoms of pregnancy and some women may find it annoying. It is caused by the pregnancy hormone hCg (human chorionic gonadotropin), which causes increased blood flow in your body. Your kidney will then have to produce extra fluid to process the blood flow, leading to more trips to the restroom. Here are some ways to help you cope with it.
#1 Avoid drinking too much water before going to bed
Going to the toilet multiple times at night may be bothersome. Try to reduce your water intake before sleeping to lessen your urge to pee at this time. However, don’t dehydrate yourself as you and your baby need water during pregnancy.
#2 Lean forward when urinating
To empty your bladder completely, make sure to lean forward as much as possible whenever you urinate. Make sure that there’s no urine left when you go to the toilet.
#3 Avoid caffeine
Are you a coffee, soda, or tea lover? You might want to cut back on your caffeine intake as it is a common diuretic. It increases your chances of urinating every time you consume it.
#4 Use panty liners or pads
There will be times that you’ll notice a bit of leak whenever you laugh, sneeze, or cough. Though you can’t stop it from happening, you can use panty liners and pads to help you manage it. You can also check out Kegel exercises which can help strengthen your pelvic floor and avoid urine leaks.
#5 Monitor your weight
Excessive weight can put more pressure on your bladder so make sure to track your weight and follow your doctor’s advice for your diet and nutritional needs.
#6 Get enough rest
Although resting does not have a direct effect on your urination, getting enough rest will help you recover from the fatigue you experience from waking up to pee every night.