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Increased Urination

As early as your 5th week, your uterus will begin to expand, putting increasing pressure on your bladder. Even immediately after a trip to the bathroom, you may still feel that maddening urge to urinate because of the added pressure from your uterus. Look on the bright side--at least you're getting exercise as you return (again and again) to the toilet.

Although it may be tempting to cut back on your fluid intake to reduce bathroom visits, don't. This could cause you to feel light-headed.

One additional note: Pain or burning during urination is absolutely not a normal pregnancy hurdle. This is a sign that you may be suffering from a common bladder infection known as cystitis, a condition sometimes accompanied by a fever. See a health care provider who can test your urine for bacteria and prescribe a pregnancy-safe medication.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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