Everyone knows that pregnant people need to pee constantly, right? We hear about it on sitcoms, radio shows, and from the actual pregnant people in our lives constantly. There's a risk of something becoming so commonplace, though: people think they know what a pregnant person means when they say they have to pee, or they don't really even hear the individual's meaning at all. So I'm going to lay out the things a pregnant woman really means when she says she needs to pee in hopes that the next time the pregnant person in your life says they need to pee, you listen a little closer.
I've been pregnant six times, and have brought three pregnancies to full-term. So believe me when I say I know a thing or two about having to pee while pregnant. The annoying thing is that when you're not pregnant you don't realize that every pee cue is likely an emergency. I would be totally fine one minute, then all of a sudden I would have to pee this very instant.
When a pregnant person needs to pee it is not a drill, it is an all-hands-on-deck emergency. At least it was for me. Whether I was 6 weeks or 38 weeks along, the urgency of my need to pee was always profound. Quite frankly, I'm amazed there weren't more puddles. Spoiler alert: yes there were puddles. So what do we actually mean when we say we've got to pee? I'll tell you: