Frequent Urination in the Second Trimester
Pregnancy is one piece of news that comes with various repercussions. I have been sharing with all my readers about my experience with my second pregnancy. This is one of the other such problems I have been going through. I am in my second trimester and complications have added up. I assure you this isn’t a rant blog post. I accept that pregnancy is a beautiful experience that comes with complications, sometimes. I use my blog as a platform to let others learn from my experience. Also, let me spill the beans – the issue I am about to discuss and share is “Frequent Urination”.
Frequent urination in the second trimester is one of the common problems. Well, I wasn’t aware of this issue. As I have been letting you know that my first pregnancy was filled with more excitement and my age also played a vital role. I am 35 years old and this is my second pregnancy therefore, I do not know about a few things until I experience it.
Now, several conditions follow up to frequent urination. However, things change my perspective when I read articles on the topic. So, I would let you all know about the issues I have been through. Also, I will be including the other factors that can lead to frequent urination in the second trimester. Here we go!
The Cause of Frequent Urination in the Second Trimester:
Before we discuss the precautions and treatment it is very important to know about the root cause. In my case, when I entered my second trimester, I also caught a cold. Now, initially, the first thought for frequent urination came to my mind directed to two things. First, it was because I had caught a cold and was going through a lot of coughing. Secondly, it might be because of less water intake.
In my case, the former reason – my cough was the reason for the frequent urination. I consulted my doctor and she recommended a few medicines and exercises.
Now, I read some articles and discussed it with some fellow mothers. I got to know that the main cause of frequent urination is when the blood flow in the kidney increases by 35% to 60%. Excessive blood tends to produce 25% more urine.
One of the most common reasons is the pressure on the women’s bladder because of the growing uterus. Because of the increased pressure, a woman tends to go through frequent urination, especially in the second trimester of pregnancy. This is because in these 3 months the baby is growing heavier, it tends to move in the pelvis area.
The Symptoms of Frequent Urination in the Second Trimester
Now that I had been experiencing frequent urination in my pregnancy, there was a catch. Every time I needed to urinate, the reason, the pattern could be different. Sometimes you might feel a constant urge to pee but when you get into the washroom, the amount is very little. Whereas on the other hand there are women who might even go through the leakage. The following could be because of the following:
As I said, in the beginning, my frequent urination was because of the frequent coughing. So, it is really important to answer ‘why’ in this case. Coughing created pressure on my bladder and therefore, I had the urge to pee every time I coughed. Sometimes, I didn’t feel the pressure and leaked. It was quite embarrassing for me at times.
- This could be your reason:
One of the reasons for other women might be that of UTI – Urinary Tract Infection. It is during pregnancy when women are expected to suffer from UTI most. The UTI symptoms are as follows:
- Cloudy appearing urine
- Red, pink, or highly concentrated urine
- A strong pungent or foul smell of urine
- A burning sensation while urinating
- Pain while urination
Frequent urination during the second trimester of pregnancy or pregnancy, in general, cannot be resolved. It is only after the birth of the child you will get rid of it. The symptoms mentioned above will only fade after a few weeks of giving birth. I too feel irritated and frustrated with this issue. However, this is something I cannot do away with. When I consulted my doctor, she told me the same thing and I had to learn it the hard way. There were a few bladder strengthening exercises. These won’t stop the urination number, however; it will help you in controlling them better.
Something you might be doing in order to deal with frequent urination, whatever the reason is:
The one recommended by my doctor was something that goes on as follows:
- You need to tighten the muscles of your pelvic and imagine that you are trying to control the urine flow
- Now you need to hold for the muscles at least 10 seconds or for as long as you can
- After 10 seconds release the muscles you were holding
- You will need to repeat the above steps 15 times in a single set
One of the best ways to know that you are doing the exercise correctly is no one getting to know that you are exercising.
It is very important to consult your doctor. Since there could be other complications or reasons for your frequent urination. As I have been saying – each pregnancy is different. Each woman goes through different experiences.
My Advice/take on Frequent Urination in the Second Trimester
Chang in the hormone levels is the major reason that leads to frequent urination.
Additionally, the fluids in the body also make you run to the washroom now and then. To be honest, in my case I could not even think of stepping out of the house – neither for work nor for personal work.
As I mentioned earlier, there were times when I had to use a sanitary napkin or so if I had some prior commitments. There is nothing as a remedy that you can get to completely get rid of this. This is one such situation that will gradually improve. So, you shouldn’t restrict yourself from completely avoiding drinking fluids or consuming liquids. That is a big NO-NO.
The liquids play an important role in the growth of the baby. You have to be hydrated properly to avoid any other unwanted complications. Therefore, my advice would be to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. Of course, you can avoid drinking beverages such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks in that matter.
Also, lastly, I would say you must drink your liquids and consume your fluids more during the day and lesser before going to bed.
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