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False Labor & The Need To Urinate

by Jerri Colonero, RN, BS |

I started experiencing false labor last night along with the contractions came he urge to urinate every five minutes (literally). Should I be concerned? My contractions have subsided, but the urinating has not, I am 39 weeks pregnant.

The bladder sits directly in front of the uterus. When you are not pregnant, the tiny pear sized uterus puts no pressure on the bladder. However, as you near full term (considered 38 weeks), the large expanding uterus and the kicking baby inside, leave little room for bladder expansion. That is why it is perfectly normal for woman late in pregnancy to ask the same question that you are asking. As the uterus contracts, the uterine muscle pulls forward making you feel sometimes like you may not be able to hold back the urine. When you are not having a Braxton Hicks contraction you still feel the need to urinate frequently.

It often helps to urinate frequently instead of waiting for the urge. Also practice Kegel exercises to help strengthen the muscle that helps you to hold back urine. (Start urinating and then squeeze your muscles to stop the flow of urine, hold a few seconds, and then begin to urinate again. These same muscles can be exercised with a tightening, hold, then relax pattern at any time, not just when urinating.)

If your urge to urinate is accompanied by pain or burning on urination or itching, you may have a urinary tract infection and will need to report this to your obstetrician or midwife.

At 39 weeks you are almost there. The pressure and urge goes away after delivery!

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norma Dec 12, 2017 12:16:55 PM ET

I'm 29wks and just yesterday i had a pregnant belly, today my stomach is so soft that i can grab it with my hands. i'm peeing like every 10 -15 minutes and feeling pressure down low.

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Charita quash Aug 31, 2017 06:09:19 PM ET

I'm bleeding with mucus and severe pain, i pee with burning too, i'm 40weeks.

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Ash Dec 28, 2016 06:26:07 PM ET

37 weeks everytime i get up and walk i have to pee. two days ago i was hospitalized for low amniotic fluid, they were able to build it back up, so i am worried i'm loosing fluid again. also having period like cramps through out my stomach.

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Guest Oct 7, 2016 10:42:42 PM ET

I am 12 weeks with my first baby and i feel like i have to pee every second, even after i have gone.

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Abi Sep 26, 2016 03:35:33 AM ET

I am 40 weeks pregnant with my first child. i recently have a hard time holding my pee. once i get up from a sitting or lying down position, i can feel a trickle run out. nothing much but, this has never happened before. should i be worried?

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stephanie Mar 7, 2015 10:07:36 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks and pregnant with my 4th baby. i feel like i have to pee, but nothing comes out, and when i do it doesn't burn, nor is there bleeding. should i be concerned, or is my body getting ready for delivery? oh, and i feel pressure down there.

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Lozano Feb 11, 2015 11:17:15 PM ET

Hi, i'm 32 weeks pregnancy, and have been feeling my baby move more than often. i'm going to the bathroom every 20-30 min and have white discharge, no blood, and only lower pain in front of belly in my women area. should i worry? this is my second baby, but i haven't experienced this before .

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Mrs.Hines Jan 2, 2015 12:12:03 AM ET

I'm 31 weeks, and i feel like i'm peeing myself and having really bad pain. what does that mean?

Tiffany Jan 7, 2015 08:12:03 PM ET

Check with your doctor. it could be a yeast infection, because you are only 31 weeks.

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jasmine Oct 24, 2014 05:50:49 PM ET

I'm 7 months pregnant, and i feel like i have to pee all the time. but, when i try nothing happens. is this a sign that i'm about to go into early labor?

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Guest Feb 3, 2014 04:25:35 PM ET

I'm 39 weeks pregnant. i had no sleep last night and today i feel like crap. i can't get settled in. i pee all day and i've had tingly pains and aches in both lady bits and belly. i lost my plug last week but keep having discharge that's clear :( is this a sign of labor?

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