01 October

Frequency of urination during the first trimester of pregnancy Featured

Anjali was just getting over her excitement of announcing her first pregnancy to her friends and relatives. It was already her 2nd month. She was feeling good and happy. But, one thing which was bothering her was, the increased urination. She had to take frequent trips to the bathroom. She got concerned and approached her doctor to find out if this should be a cause for concern.

Her doctor explained to her - “Anjali, This is a very normal during pregnancy” The increased frequency of urination happens because of the increased hormone HCG during the first trimester of pregnancy. This hormone increases the blood supply to the kidneys by almost 40 to 50%. The extra blood flow to the kidneys makes your kidneys produce more urine.

Another reason for increased urination is also because of the pressure of the growing uterus on the urinary bladder. As you can see in the picture below, the urinary bladder is in front of the uterus. As the baby grows inside the uterus, it puts pressure on the bladder and thus the woman feels the urge to pass urine frequently.

Although, you may get tired of your frequent trips to the bathroom, do not restrict from drinking water. You should be drinking about 6 to 8 glasses of water everyday. If you drink less water, you could get dehydrated. To avoid night time visits to the bathroom, try to drink less water in the night. 

Coffee, tea and other sugary beverages act like a mild diuretic and should be avoided. 

Pregnancy is a time to take care of yourself, get pampered and also be watchful. If you notice any signs of infection, like burning urination, pain during urination, fever or blood in the urine, please contact me. 

Anjali understood the reason behind her symptoms. She went back home feeling less anxious and more relaxed, knowing that what she is experiencing is normal. 


Dr Madhu handles technology and business development for MedHealthTV.


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