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Frequent Urination During Pregnancy

Worried that your frequent trips to the bathroom might be a sign of something else. We'll tell you what to look for and when to go to the doctor.

*What is frequent urination?
Ah, the seemingly never-ending need to pee. It’s as inevitable for a pregnant woman as bigger boobs and maternity jeans. Or is it?

*What could be causing my frequent urination?
Early on in pregnancy (as early as six weeks), you may notice that you’re getting up to go far more than usual. That’s because hormonal changes can make you urinate more often. Plus, as baby (and your uterus) grows, he presses on your bladder, giving you the need to go even more frequently. That said, a constant need to pee may also mean you have developed a urinary tract infection. In some cases, frequent peeing could also be a sign of diabetes, gestational diabetes or uterine fibroids.

*When should I go to the doctor with my frequent urination?
Your doctor will likely be checking your urine at every visit just to see if you have an infection. You should also tell your doc if you’re having any other strange symptoms.

*What should I do to treat my frequent urination during pregnancy?
If it turns out that you have a UTI, you’ll likely be prescribed a course of antibiotics to treat it.

*How will my frequent urination affect my baby?
It shouldn’t — as long as it’s not some other problem. Remember: Left alone, a UTI can lead to a kidney infection, which can cause preterm labor and low birth weight, so be sure to get it checked out.

*Plus, more from The Bump:
Pregnant and can’t stop peeing? 

Why do I have to pee in a cup at my regular checkup?

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