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False Labor & The Need To Urinate

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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Hollie Oct 19, 2018 07:49:05 PM ET

I am 37 weeks and have had the issue of having to wee every 5 minutes. Entire pregnancy has been a long, ruff ride but, it is all worth it in the end! Hang in there, 9 months is only a moment in time.

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Christina Aug 15, 2018 10:25:21 PM ET

I'm 35 weeks and 5 days. I'm feeling very tired, feeling nauseated, and had Diarrhea. Really don't feel like doing anything. Should I be worried?

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Donna May 6, 2018 07:08:13 PM ET

I'm 40 weeks today. I'm not sure if my waters have been leaking and I've been having pains in pelvis, back pains, tightness, going to the toilet every 5-10 minutes, and when belly is going tight I have the urge to pee. Is this the early stages of labor? First time mum.

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Mrs JELLU May 2, 2018 04:46:52 PM ET

I'm 38 weeks and 3 days. I'm not sure what is happening, I sit on the bed or lay down and wen I get up I feel a lot of pressure like baby wanted to come. When I go to the toilet nothing comes out but the pressure stays there. Please help!

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Guest Jan 14, 2018 03:40:54 AM ET

I'm 39 weeks pregnant and I'm having this tingle feeling when I have to pee. What does that mean? Am I going into labor soon?

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norma Dec 12, 2017 05:16:55 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 10:09:19 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 11:26:07 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 8, 2016 02:42:42 AM 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 07:35:33 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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