Bladder Problems

pregnant woman with weak bladderBladder problems are very uncomfortable, so it is a good idea to be aware of prevention methods, and take advantage of them before problems occur. It is important to drink plenty of water. Avoid coffee, tea, sugar, junk food, refined starches, and highly acidic foods. Try to include cabbage, leeks, and garlic in your diet, drink a few glasses of cranberry juice every day, and take a vitamin C supplement.

Wear cotton underwear, as it breathes better than many other fabrics. If you are experiencing unwanted leakage, wear a panty liner or sanitary towel. Practice pelvic floor exercises throughout your pregnancy; tighten the muscles of your vagina as if you were stopping a flow of urine, hold for a count of eight, and repeat in sets of ten throughout the day.

If you have to wake up to urinate several times throughout the night, try drinking less before bedtime; simply drink more throughout the day.

Rock back and forth when you are on the toilet. This will help to remove the pressure of the womb and baby from your bladder, allowing you to empty it more fully so you will need to take less frequent trips to the bathroom.

When cleaning, avoid using soap on your genitals. Be sure to empty your bladder and wash with water after intercourse. Wipe from front to back after using the toilet to avoid the spread of bacteria.

If you follow these recommendations, you may be able to avoid the discomforts caused by bladder problems during your pregnancy.

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  1. Profile photo of susan susan says:

    I didn’t have any bladder problems with my first 2 pregnancies, but this one, everything is so different! I so hate the leakage!

  2. Profile photo of Sarah Sarah says:

    I have dealt with bladder issues my whole life. I’m bracing myself for pregnancy!

  3. I use the restroom very frequently, and the past 2 days I have had discomfort in my lower abdomen and it was driving me nuts so I went in and they suspected I had a UTI but apparently I was becoming slightly dehydrated which I don’t know why I drink plenty of fluids so doc’ said to increase my fluid intake and I thought I was peeing a lot before HAHA now its twice as bad! But I guess I need to do this to keep my little one on a safe condition.

  4. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I have always had to urinate frequently so being pregnant is like spending most of my time in the bathroom!

  5. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Hopefully I don’t have any bladder problems. I didn’t with my last pregnancy.

  6. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I don’t enjoy having to go all the time lol

  7. Profile photo of Marina Marina says:

    Having a 4 cm uterine fibroid located low near my bladder does not help the situation.

  8. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    I ended up with a kidney infection caused by a bladder infection around 30wks. It was very painful!

  9. Profile photo of AmyC AmyC says:

    So far so good. I just have to pee a lot but that’s normal.

  10. Profile photo of ketta ketta says:

    I;m having is frequent peeing

  11. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    The only problems I;m having is frequent peeing.

  12. Profile photo of Hope Hope says:

    Luckily I have not had any UTIs or other bladder problems (other than peeing a lot).

  13. So bladder problems are very common? Is it more than just peeing a lot? This article makes it seem like almost pregnant woman goes through bladder problems.

  14. Profile photo of lourdes lourdes says:

    i always go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and then cant go back to sleep….

  15. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I pee all the time, but I keep reminding myself why I am peeing all the time and it doesn’t bother me so bad. I don’t know if I would avoid using any cleanser on the genital area though.. lightening crotch is horrible!

  16. Profile photo of Anna Anna says:

    I wake up 3-4 times a night. I try to drink less, but as my baby gets heavier there is little I can do about it… and I constantly craving watermelon :)

  17. Profile photo of Jaclyn Jaclyn says:

    i am always using the restroom…so hopefully this will help

  18. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    So far things are good

  19. Profile photo of Deee Deee says:

    Shoot I never had a bladder problem until after my first child was born.!

  20. Profile photo of Yelena Yelena says:

    I never had a bladder problem with my first and second pregnancy, but the third one is ouch……I wake up every 40-50 minutes every night….

  21. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Very useful thank you.

  22. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    Good for you Dominick!!

  23. My wife suffers from kidney disease and this time around was hard on her. We made it through and have a wonderfully healthy baby boy born on 04/06/2012.

  24. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    luckily i havent had any bladder problems with either of my 2 pregnancys