Pregnancy Concerns

Bladder Issues in Pregnancy

Common during months:

 

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Why This Happens

The pressure of your growing uterus and a heightened metabolic rate cause increased frequency of urination. For some women, the increased weight of the uterus stressed the pelvic floor muscle causing incontinence.

The progesterone that is working to ensure you stay pregnant relaxes smooth muscle (like that of your urinary tract). This can increase your chances of developing a urinary tract infection, bladder infection and kidney infection.

Some Women Have Tried...

  • Do your pelvic floor (kegel) exercises. They strengthen this muscle to help it work properly even with the increased weight of the uterus. This means you will be less likely to experience pregnancy incontinence.
  • Keep drinking water. Being dehydrated will not decrease the frequency of bathroom breaks, but it can cause discomfort, fatigue, and increases your risks for other problems.
  • Add lemon to your water to increase the urine acidity.
  • Go to the bathroom regularly, do not try to hold it.
  • Do not sit with your legs crossed or wear tight, restrictive clothing. These things may encourage a back-up in your urinary tract causing an infection.
  • If you feel a burning or stinging sensation when you urinate, you may have an infection. Seek the advice of your caregiver.
  • Cranberry juice concentrate capsules and vitamin C may help to clear a urinary tract infection.
  • Herbal treatments are available to help urinary tract infections. Seek the advice of an herbalist on proper dosing of uva ursi, grindelia, pipsissew, bucchu, cornsilk, cleavers, burdock, parsley root, comfrey and couchgrass for infections during pregnancy.
  • Wear cotton panties, which are breathable, rather than synthetic which can trap moisture next to the skin.
  • Always wipe yourself from front to back to prevent depositing bacteria near the urethra.
  • Urinate after sexual intimacy to help wash away any bacteria deposited near the urethra.
  • Nettle and dandelion tea, three to four cups daily, helps improve bladder and kidney function.