Post # 1
I can’t find much info on the internet about this. So today I went for my normal run on the treadmill and within the first 5 min, I felt like my bladder was completely full and I needed to go bad (I had just peed about 15 min before). I peed and went back to running and 10 min later, I felt pressure on my bladder again! I ignored it and didn’t go again since I knew I didn’t actually have any pee, but it’s really uncomfortable to run with a full bladder sensation. I’m only 13.5 weeks and feeling great, little weight gain and felt like I was humming along with my normal workout routine and now this happens. My urge to pee at night has already diminished because my uterus has moved further up so how is my uterus pressing down my bladder now when running? Does this feeling get worse or will it get better during 2nd trimester? Is there anything I can wear or do to alleviate the pressure? I will make sure to empty my bladder before any runs. I’m going to be devastated if this discomfort stops me from running since running keeps me sane.
Post # 2
It may be issues with your pelvic floor. I know that many of my friends stopped running in their second trimester due to having to pee all the time. The ones who kept going had leaks (during and post pregnancy)
Here’s some articles I found:
What’s The Price Of Running During Pregnancy?
I Wish I Hadn’t Run During Pregnancy
As a formerly pregnant marathoner, I hate what those articles say, but it is an important perspective. I will not be running after my first trimester in my next pregnancy (as much as I love it)
Post # 3
Sugars can irritate your bladder and cause urgent urination. I would stay away from soda, juice, tea, sports drinks or whatever sugary drinks and stick with water.
Post # 4
Im 16 weeks now and I really find it’s run dependent. In the beginning it did happen a lot, now I have some great runs and others were a feel like I’m going to pee the whole time. I try to ignore it, especially when I’m running outside! It’s annoying because they really stress keeping well hydrated before during and after the run, but that just makes the pee situation worse!!
I’m down to running maybe 2-3 times a week and doing strength/circuit the other days. I do find the same problem when I’m bouncing around at bootcamp though!
I guess maybe I should read those articles..
Post # 5
yep, same thing happened to me. I wrote a post about it last year (my baby is 9 months now). I stopped running around 18 weeks because it was just uncomfortable. I felt like I had to pee plus I started getting Braxton Hicks, which was also uncomfortable. I switched to hiking, walking hills, Nordic skiing, lap swimming, and circuits/weightlifting. I would be pretty cautious as my pelvic floor is all f%^*cked up now- I leak pee when I run or jump. I’m going to physical therapy for it but ive only seen a little improvement so far :/ It sucks. However, I think it was more from birth than anything I did while pregnant. Best of luck to you!!
Post # 6
Hmm now I’m worried about damage I can do to my pelvic floor. I do not want to leak pee! I’m not quite sure what to do that could replace running as my main form of cardio. I guess I may switch to a spin bike or elliptical.
Post # 7
Ok I read the articles. Honestly, I trust the advice I was given by my midwife and motherrisk exercise line over these articles. The first one seems to want to sell her postpartum book, and the second is just one mom’s account- and she ignored the warning signs! If I start leaking while I run I’ll definitely stop. Just my opinion…
Post # 8
I had this but no where near that early- only later. But from what ive heard it won’t go away until after birth. You could always check with your OB
Post # 9
I love that you created this because I am 19 weeks and felt like this the other week when I went running. After running though I didn’t feel the need to pee – I just forgot about it. I have also been running since then and didn’t feel the need to pee so I agree with whoever said it’s run dependent. As far as people saying that they are ruined now from running – I would say that’s partially luck of the draw. I have friends who didn’t run and have issues of peeing after childbirth when they cough etc and I have a friend that did run almost through the whole pregnancy and she is fine.
Post # 10
The urge to pee frequently has only gotten worse for me the further along I get (27 weeks currently). Maybe the uterus is higher up but there’s still a baby sitting on your bladder!
Post # 11
I am 20 weeks and I haven’t run for a few weeks (I was 16 or 17 weeks) and I had to ensure I ran past somewhere with a toilet! I think it’s the movement of running, baby jigging around and landing on your bladder. I think it’s one of those pregnancy things
Post # 12
I had this problem from very early on while pregnant with DD. I would be running on a trail near our house and would duck off the trail to pee behind a tree every ten minutes or so. It was very frustrating. This pregnancy, I don’t run much anymore, but the having to pee thing also happens during Zumba class (though not nearly as bad as while running) — pretty much any time my body is bouncing, my uterus bounces on my bladder and I feel the urge to pee even if there’s hardly anything in my bladder.
If it’s annoying enough to make you seek out alternate forms of exercise, there are plenty that are great during pregnancy! Aqua aerobics is especially fantastic, as your uterus floats in the water so it won’t press on your bladder at all. Fabulous feeling 🙂
Post # 13
Ah..this is one of the main reasons I ultimately gave up running when I was pregnant at 28 weeks. I would pee literally 30 seconds before I started running then immediately have to pee again.