The third trimester can be a rather difficult, if exciting time in pregnancy. By the time you hit the third trimester, you’ve typically accepted the fact that you are going to be a parent, and have probably taken in a huge volume of information about pregnancy, as well as labor and delivery. Unfortunately, the third trimester is also a time that you tend to be the most uncomfortable. This is especailly true when it comes to third trimester bladder problems. Somewhere around half of all new moms will experience some sort of bladder problems. Of these, the vast majority will occur during the third trimester.
As your baby grows and grows, he takes up more and more space in your abdomen. He begins to push on your other organs, eve crowding them into much smaller spots. When your bladder doesn’t have as much room to expand, it creates several problems. First, you will find that you have to urinate much more frequently during the third trimester of pregnancy. Second, you might find that any sort of movement, such as a cough, a laugh, or a sneeze can put more pressure on your bladder, and can cause your bladder to leak.
The other reason that you might have third trimester bladder problems has to do with certain hormonal changes. When you are pregnant, you produce large amounts of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone helps your body to make more room for your baby. Unfortunately, progesterone also has the effect of relaxing muscles, which can lead to bladder problems, as well. When combined with the crowding that is taking place, it is no wonder than so many women will have bladder problems during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Typically, those third trimester bladder problems will disappear shortly after delivery. If you find that you are still having bladder problems after delivery, however, you should discuss this with your health care provider. In some cases, pregnancy may have caused a different problem with your bladder than may need to be addressed post partum.