Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Is peeing when I sneeze normal?

I keep peeing when I sneeze! Is this normal? And is it permanent?

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I keep peeing when I sneeze! Is this normal? And is it permanent?

The Bump Expert

It’s one of the less pleasant side effects of pregnancy -- that tiny bit of leakage that occurs when you cough, sneeze, exercise, laugh or do almost anything else suddenly. It’s all because your growing baby, who’s hanging out inside your equally expanding uterus, is putting extra pressure on your bladder. That adds stress on the muscles of the bladder sphincter (the valve that keeps your urine inside until you’re ready to go). A sudden movement, like a sneeze, puts even more pressure on it, causing that (super-embarrassing) leaking.

Luckily, there is something you can do to help you stay dry. Tried-and-true Kegel exercises can help tighten and firm your pelvic floor muscles and prevent leakage. If you haven’t already learned to do Kegels, here’s your chance to practice: Contract your pelvic floor muscles, as if you’re stopping the flow of pee mid-stream. Hold the contraction for 10 counts; then relax for 10 counts. Do 10 reps. The beauty of Kegels is you can do them anywhere, anytime, without anyone having any idea you’re doing your down-there workout. Try doing 10 reps in the morning, 10 again midday and 10 more at night. The good news is most women don’t have lingering leakage issues post-baby, although those who deliver multiples or have an episiotomy may have more problems recovering. If you do have a continued issue with leakage, keep up the Kegels, which can strengthen those pelvic muscles for the long run, too.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Top 10 Things They Should Really Warn You About Before You Get Pregnant

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Dr. C. Joseph Cadle C. Joseph Cadle, MD, ob-gyn, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, GA

Is peeing when I sneeze normal?

ha ha yes! I do it when I throw up too. The ladies in the community part of the Bump like to call sneeze peeing "snissing"

AliciaS1411 |

Is peeing when I sneeze normal?

omg. I do it all the time.. Every time I cough I pee a little.. I think it's just because there is pressure on your bladder, that you cannot hold. Makes me laugh every time.

melisatahirovic |

peeing-when-sneeze-normal-permanent

No!! The answer to this is no! I am a physical therapist that specializes in womens health (aka incontinence). It may be normal while you are pregnant with baby pressing on your bladder and putting pressure on your pelvic floor muscles but not after you give birth. Kegels are soooo important as well as exercises to strengthen the abs and hip muscles that tie into the pelvic floor. So please do youself a favor and if you still have any leakage and seek out physical therapy to help. It will save you the pads and embarassment. I can not tell you how many women I see that say they thought it was normal after birth and delt with leakage for years because they didn't know there was treatment for this!! So I am telling you all don't just live with it. There is help!

meldugal |

Is peeing when I sneeze normal?

I can never figure out if I'm doing my kegal exercises correctly. This looks like it might help - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/892018590/kgoal-smart-kegel-trainer

77MrV |

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