6 Tips for Pregnant Women Who Always Have to Pee (PHOTOS)

Mary Hawkins | Apr 19, 2013 Pregnancy

waterfallPregnancy comes with plenty of wacky and unpleasant side effects, and by far, having to pee constantly is one of the most annoying and inconvenient symptoms there is.

It's bad enough running back and forth to the bathroom a million times during the day, but unfortunately, most of us also have to deal with being woken up at night to relieve ourselves as well.

When I was pregnant with my son, I think I spent more time on the toilet than I did anywhere else for almost the entire nine months. (True story.)

I was up at least five times every night, and nothing I did seemed to help, other than limiting how much water I drank before bed. But considering how thirsty I was, and how important it is to stay hydrated during pregnancy, cutting back on beverages really wasn't a good option.

Soooo, what's a pregnant gal to do? Well, there are a few things you can try to help extend your time between bathroom breaks. Take a look at the photos below for some great tips on how to cope with frequent urination.

 

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  • Eat a Banana

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    Supposedly eating a banana before bed can help stop you from waking up and having to go. Bananas bind your stomach, which makes you have to pee less often.

  • Do Your Kegels!

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    Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which should help with bladder control. A good way to remember to do them is to hold 'em in every time you're at a red light.

  • Cranberry Juice

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    Drinking cranberry juice prior to going to sleep is said to help stop you from having to go.

  • Keep Weight Gain in Check

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    This is easier said than done, but the less weight you gain, the less pressure on your bladder -- thus less having to pee.

  • Go More Often

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    This sounds like a no brainer, but it does make sense. Make sure to take breaks even if you don't feel the immediate urge to go. Keeping your bladder empty will come in handy when you're in situations where there isn't a ladies' room near by -- like your commute home from work.

  • Avoid Food Triggers

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    Certain foods can cause you to have to go more, like chocolate, spicy foods, aritficial sweetners, and alcohol and caffeine (which you shouldn't be drinking anyway).

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