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17weeks pregnant with IC

By February 16, 2015 - 5:34am
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Hi ladies.
Im 17 weeks pregnant (first pregnancy) and i have IC (interstitial cystitis) and Endometriosis .
Im in pain daily and i feel like theirs a constant pressure on my bladder. Im hardly sleeping because I'm up loads in the night for the toilet and find it hard to get comfy. Ive also had a lot of cramping in my lower abdomen and had to have 3 scans very early on in my pregnancy to check the baby (everything was fine). My midwife said cramping is normal and not to worry too much. However, i do worry a lot because i had a miscarriage last year.

Before i got pregnant the first time, i was having bladder installations weekly and was given a prescription for Elmiron. I never started taking this as i was advised not to if i was trying for a baby but i will when the baby is here. Is this pressure feeling gonna get worse? I cant go anywhere without planning my toilet trips. I leave the house and walk for 10 minutes and i feel like I'm busting for a wee, but when i get their only a bit comes out. I have to go to relieve the pressure like feeling. Any advice please? Do i just put up and shut up?
Sam xxx

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Hello Sam,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community.

Congratulations on your pregnancy. I can appreciate what you must be going through.

For the benefit of all our readers, interstitial cystitis, which is also called painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition in which you experience bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain.

Add to this pre-existing condition, your developing baby will put more pressure on your bladder and increase the need to urinate.

There is absolutely no reason that you should suffer. First, consult your physician who manages your IC for any suggestions.

I can suggest some lifestyle changes that might give you some relief.

Eliminating or reducing foods in your diet that are potential bladder irritants.

Common bladder irritants — known as the "four Cs" — include: carbonated beverages, caffeine in all forms (including chocolate), citrus products and food containing high concentrations of vitamin C. Also consider avoiding similar foods, such as tomatoes, pickled foods, alcohol and spices. Artificial sweeteners may aggravate symptoms in some people.

If you smoke, quitting is a good thing for both your baby and relief of IC symptoms. Many people feel smoking makes their symptoms worse. How the by-products of tobacco that are excreted in the urine affect IC/PBS is unknown.

Bladder training might offer help. Bladder training techniques vary, but basically you decide to empty your bladder at designated times, such as every half-hour, whether you have to go or not. Then you gradually wait longer between bathroom visits. and use relaxation techniques and distractions to keep to the schedule.

Hope this helps,

February 16, 2015 - 10:12am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi maryann,
Thank you for this.
My next appointment with my urologist is in 7 months time. I saw him when i was a few weeks pregnant and he said he wouldnt need to see me until i'd had the baby. I see my midwife on thursday so will mention it to her. Dont think she has much knowlegde about IC which fustrates me because it feels like what i tell her gets brushed off and ignored. I quit smoking the minute i found out i was pregnant but i do admit my diet could be better. I will try cut certain foods out.
Thanks again for your time replying to me xxx

February 17, 2015 - 2:53am
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