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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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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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Guest Jan 2, 2014 10:47:49 PM ET

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and every time i pee i feel like i have to push, never had this before (5th baby). sometimes i get sharp pain down there.

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bcswifey21 Mar 5, 2013 08:22:29 AM ET

Every time i move i have to pee its clear and its like if i dont pee ill pee myself whats going on

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Nicky Nov 15, 2012 06:42:55 PM ET

I'm 38 weeks today with breech baby i have c section booked on 22nd nov ive noticed that i'm feeling like i'm weeing myself even though i don't feel like i need a wee but every time i go to loo i do go aswell is this normal??

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Jackie Oct 26, 2012 06:51:40 AM ET

Im 28wks with my 6th baby.ive been gettin braxton hicks for a few weeks but over the last few days they have gotten tighter & a bit painful to the point where they wake me up!i also have to pee when i get them,my heart rate heightens & i lose my breath,is this ok?

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Sona Mar 23, 2012 07:48:09 PM ET

I go to pee everytime an my baby is down i can feel it

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