Q: I am peeing constantly now that I'm pregnant. What can I do?

A: This is probably the most common pregnancy side effect -- needing to urinate more happens to almost every pregnant woman. The reason why is twofold: First, your kidneys are working overtime because of the extra fluid the body retains. Second, your expanding uterus puts pressure on your bladder, making you feel the urge to pee more often -- even if your bladder is empty! This explains why you go dashing to the toilet, only to have just a few drops come out. There's really nothing you can do to curb this, and it's important that you continue to drink plenty of water and fluids, which is important for keeping you and your baby healthy. Sometimes cutting back on caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, and soda (which you should be doing anyway) can help. And look on the bright side: Frequent bathroom breaks get you up from your desk at work, which can help relieve back pain, swelling, and other pregnancy aches.

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