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I Have Got To Go Pee!


Once you get pregnant you may feel like you are never getting out of the bathroom. Almost immediately in your first trimester you will have the unmistakable urge to sit on the toilet all day and empty your bladder. Even at night, while you are trying to sleep, you may be woken up several times by your body telling you it is time to visit the bathroom. This can be frustrating and tiresome for pregnant women who are already not getting enough sleep from either excitement or morning sickness.

But why does it happen? Your uterus is not that big to begin with. Once the egg implants in the uterus, the uterus starts to grow and to expand in order to make room for that egg that is going to be multiplying in size rapidly to grow for the next few months. As the uterus grows it pushes down on the bladder causing the frequent urges to pee. This can be made even more frequent if you increase your water and fluid intake once you find out you are pregnant, as is recommended by your provider.

Once you get into the second trimester, the early growth of the baby and uterus slow down some, and your bladder and body readjust to the lack of as much room, the urge to go to the bathroom will probably slow down. You will feel more like your old self. But be prepared, it is only temporary.

By the time the third trimester starts, your baby’s organs and limbs are all formed. All that is left for your baby now is to get stronger and grow bigger so that they can survive outside of the womb. Most of the weight your baby will gain will be gained during the third trimester. Because of this your uterus begins to grow quickly again, putting more pressure on your bladder. The weight of the baby also puts more pressure on your bladder, causing it to scream out to you more often.

Probably one of the most frustrating parts of this is the urge to pee, without being able to go. During the third trimester you may often feel like you have to go NOW, and if you don’t get to a bathroom, that you will not be able to hold it. However, once you get to the toilet you sit there and as hard as you try, nothing comes. When something finally does come, it is just a little trickle, making you wonder why you had to race to the bathroom. After all, it has only been 10 minutes since you went the last time.

You may also find that you are waking up more often during the night again to pee, making an already uncomfortable and broken night of sleep, that much more impossible. Thankfully, pregnancy only lasts 9 months, so there is an end in site. Eventually you will be back to your old self, not visiting the bathrooms as much, and only waking because the baby is crying next to you.

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17 Responses to “I Have Got To Go Pee!”

  1. 17
    ashley Says:

    Im 37 weeks and having ro pee is awfull but this is my 4rh time around i should be well used ro it but i beliwve this baby puts much more pressure on my blader because there is times i feel like well here goes my waters about to break lol buti only have 3 weeks lefr so hopfully i can make it through it this last time with no pee pants lol….

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    haley Says:

    I am 24 weeks, and just recently started waking up in the middle of the night, and since I’m am about to start my 3rd trimester I am a little nervous. Just 12 weeks left til my bladder is back to normal!!

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    Larieca Says:

    I don’t know if I am pregnant! It’s been a month since my last period. Just a few weeks ago I noticed I’ve been going pee more often, &every time I get the feeling you get when someone pushes on your bladder when its about full. I pee a little, then it drips a lot. I don’t get the burning sensation like I did when I had a bladder infection. Could I be pregnant?

  4. 14
    Jennifer Says:

    Having to pee more is a combo of baby’s weight on your bladder and increased kidney function! Your kidneys are processing the toxins for two people instead of one, so even though you may feel like you are bloated and peeing enough to flood the world, you need to consume A LOT of water to keep up. Dehydration and low amniotic fluid are not good for you or your baby and can cause lots of problems, so don’t forget to keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink up!
    I am 36+4 weeks, and I pee EVERY 20 MINUTES… It’s annoying! I understand! But, it’s good for both of us because it means we are healthy. :) You can get through it ladies. I’m right here with ya.

  5. 13
    Jade Says:

    im 15weeks pregnant with my first baby… since i found out my visits to the bathroom have been normal until now. i need to go but only a trickle comes out its so annoying as i feel like i need to empty more lol.. is there something wrong?? ive had urine infections before an this is totally different as i have no pain an still go to the toilet as normal.

  6. 12
    AJay Says:

    I am almost too embarrassed to post this, I am 42yrs old, this will be my second biological child, I am 9 weeks. I have been running to the bathroom like crazy, and last night I wet the bed!!! I was in shock to wake to lying in a puddle. I keep dreaming of being in the bathroom all night, it was aweful. Am I alone? Is it my age? Aughhhhhhh! smile

  7. 11
    jazzy Says:

    well am 14 weeks pregnant in i feels like i gotta go to the restroom every second lol ! BUT AM FINE

  8. 10
    missay Says:

    It’s weird, both my pregnancies have been really different but this one symptom still came up lol

  9. 9
    An Says:

    I’m 14 weeks too and it happens to me too. Have just been to the ecography and everything is fine!

  10. 8
    ~kitti~ Says:

    No evelyn im only 9 weeks and it happens to me some times its annoying but its fine my doc said everthing is fine.

  11. 7
    evelyn p Says:

    i am only 14 weeks along. is it too soon for me to have the urge to pee but not be able to do so?? is it something i should worry about?

  12. 6
    Ryan Ann Says:

    How far along are you? That happened with both of my pregnancies. I was almost 9 months with my first and almost 8 months with my second. It was my mucus plug. I went into labor shortly after with both. Call your doctor and check in. Good luck!

  13. 5
    sarah Says:

    how far along are you? i would call my doctor!

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    michelle le Says:

    Hello im 33weeks along and i find myself up all the time useing the bathroom it seems like it will ever end . i cant wait to meet my little baby soon

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