One of the major concerns that come with pregnancy is that expectant mums find themselves visiting the washroom more frequently and this becomes very uncomfortable to them
This usually occurs especially around the first and the last trimester of pregnancy.
During the first trimester, the uterus is still in the pelvis and just below it is the bladder. As the uterus begins to expand. It puts some pressure on the bladder. It may not be able to become full to capacity before you feel the urge to urinate. This makes visiting the washroom more frequent.
It’s also due to the fact that the amount of fluid in the body doubles during pregnancy, giving much work to the kidneys. More urine is also produced
After that period, during the second trimester, the uterus moves from the pelvis to the abdominal cavity and becomes an abdominal organ. At this time, since pressure is relieved from the badder, the woman is relieved and things become better. Her urge to urinate frequently reduces.
As the pregnancy grows and gets towards the end of the pregnancy within the third trimester. The weight of the baby again puts pressure on the bladder. It can not expand fully. It makes you have the urge to urinate more frequently. This is also as a result of lightning, when the baby descends back into the pelvic region close to delivery.
Expectant mums visiting the washroom frequently may be uncomfortable, but will certainly pass after the birth of your baby.
It’s important to know that strict perineal hygiene is very important to prevent infection.
Always keep your perineum clean and dry. Clean with a clean tissue and wear cotton panties to prevent heat and growth of bacteria.
Stay hydrated by taking more fluids during the day and reducing that amount of fluid you take prior to bed.
It’s also important to know that it could be a sign of infection especially when frequent urination iscoupled with pain during urination, burning sensation and fever. Also report if you experience abnormal vaginal discharge or odor.
Infections should be treated early since they can spread and infect the fetus or other vital organs within the reproductive system.
During night sleep you can make sure your urinal is in close proximity to reduce the stress of going out to urinate.
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