Managing Overactive Bladder During Pregnancy


Cindy Kuzma

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How Often Should You "Go"?

Most adults urinate four to seven times per day. If your daily routine is far in excess of that, talk with your doctor. 
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Overactive bladder (OAB) is so common among pregnant women that many joke about their frequent bathroom breaks. But having to make a pit stop more than eight times a day, including several times at night, can be more frustrating than funny.

Your baby’s head may be pushing down on your bladder, causing the muscle weakness and scrambled nerve signals that contribute to overactive bladder and incontinence. If this describes your situation, take heart—studies show these symptoms tend to subside after you have your baby. In the meantime, there are ways to control the condition so your bladder doesn’t have the last laugh.

It’s not something people want to talk about, but overactive bladder is more common than you might think. Make sure you can separate fact from fiction.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015