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Now would be a good time to pretty up your bathroom, since you will be spending a lot of time there in the months to come. Your growing uterus resides next to your bladder and definitely makes its presence felt on a regular basis. Though you will continue to urinate more frequently throughout your pregnancy, the urge to urinate is typically most noticeable during the first three months, before your uterus grows higher out of your pelvis; uterine pressure on even an empty bladder may trigger the urge to go. You can diminish this urge somewhat by emptying your bladder as much as possible when you do urinate (bear down three times and lean forward as you do so). Try the Kegel exercises to help add control.
You may also notice that it takes you longer to urinate. Be sure not to confuse the normal need to urinate more frequently with the symptoms of cystitis, a bladder infection that many women are prone to during pregnancy. Signs of cystitis include a noticeable change in urination pattern, accompanied by an increase in frequency, painful urination, an accelerated urge to urinate (whether it's necessary or not), and occasionally a fever.
If you suspect you may have a bladder infection, your doctor will need to check your urine for bacteria. Call your doctor's office and ask for instructions on how to do a "clean-catch midstream urine" sample, what type of sterile container to use, and where to bring the sample.