I don’t know about you, but I think I pee more times than I blink. Yes, that may be an exaggeration, but I pee ALL THE TIME. Before I was pregnant, I always heard “just wait, you’ll pee all the time,” but I guess I didn’t fully wrap my head around the all the time part.
Before I leave work, I pee because this Preggers Momma might not make it on the 20 minute car ride home. I have also become quite familiar and comfortable with public restrooms. Between me and a potty training toddler, the restroom at the grocery store, the department store, and the gas station is a very familiar site.
This incredibly active baby in my belly thinks it’s funny, no hilarious, to kick or sit on my blabber, which causes me to think I’m going to pee my pants. Yes, this no fun and my husband has told me I get a panic stricken look much like a deer in headlights when this happens. I’m deathly afraid of peeing my pants in public. But once my little munchkin moves again, I’m fine. I’m walking a pee tightrope here, guys, do I have to go or not — an age old question that has withstood the test of time.
And, the night pees. In our house, using the restroom in the middle of the night has loving been deemed ‘the night pees’. You can thank me for that one later. I don’t know about you, but waking up every few hours to use the restroom is a blast! NOT! I really think I’m going to wear a path down from my bed to the restroom. I suppose this is baby boot camp; my body is gearing my up for what’s to come – late night feedings and a cute little baby!
So, why the constant peeing you ask? Excellent question! Well, during pregnancy the amount of blood in your body increases. This leads to more fluid in your body and more trips to the restroom. It’s also recommended that pregnant women drink about 64 ounces of liquid a day. This will make your trips to the restroom increase, duh! The night pees, as I like to call them, are a result of water retention. When you lay down, the excess fluid in your legs and feet make it back up to your bladder and this means time to go again! If you want to try to cut down on your frequent trips to the restroom, try to avoid drinks that contain a mild diuretic (something that makes you pee) such as coffee, tea or soda.
If you too are destined to be a frequent visitor of the restroom, we wish you luck and a happy and healthy pregnancy!
*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.