You may have wondered why you go to the restroom so often when you miss your flow! And you would have noticed more frequent need to urinate even before you realised you were pregnant.
In fact, it’s one of the most common early signs of pregnancy, starting as early as six weeks into your first trimester. At times the urge comes so sudden that even before you get to the urinary, you find it difficult to hold back. If you have been experiecing this, know that you are not alone in this.
Below are the causes and solution:
Medical experts say that hormonal changes can cause blood to flow more quickly through your kidneys, filling your bladder more often. This happens shortly after you become pregnant.
Amount of your blood rises
What’s more, over the course of your pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body rises until you have almost 50 per cent more than you had before you got pregnant. This leads to a lot of extra fluid getting processed through your kidneys and ending up in your bladder.
Enlargement of your uterus
Eventually, you may also feel pressure on your bladder from your growing uterus, which further compounds the problem.
Retention of fluid in your legs
You may notice that you need to get up to pass urine more often during the night in particular. That is partly because when you lie down, some of the fluids that you retained in your legs or feet during the day make their way back into your bloodstream and eventually into your bladder.
Some pregnancy books say that you’ll begin to feel some relief early in your second trimester as your uterus rises out of your pelvis, but research doesn’t support this idea. The fact is, you may not get that fabled second-trimester break at all. In one study in which pregnant women actually measured how often and how much they urinated, researchers found that both the frequency and volume increased over the course of the women’s pregnancies, with no relief in the second trimester.
Try not to let this get you down. You’ll probably feel better in other ways during the second trimester and, as a result, you may find it less of a chore to be running to the restroom all the time.
What to do to reduce it
Since this is one of the means by which you pass out fluid from your body, medics advise that you can reduce the frequency by reducing your water intake, especially in the evening or at night when you would sweat less.