Mother’s Day is coming up. Use this time with your family wisely – make it a point to ask them about their health history. You’ll be able to better arm yourself with information on your background and how to treat your own conditions simply by speaking up and starting the conversation.
Moms, you’re not alone!
Urinary incontinence is a common result of motherhood! 1 out of 3 women suffer from stress incontinence.
Pregnancy can cause incontinence
During pregnancy, the enlarging uterus causes pressure on the bladder and the weight of carrying the baby can weaken your pelvic floor muscles. In addition, during labor, your birth canal stretches to let the baby through. As it stretches, your pelvic floor muscles stretch out too. A weakened pelvic floor, affects your bladder control.
Here are some factors that may also add to your risk of developing urinary incontinence:
- First pregnancy (more than one-third of women develop temporary stress incontinence, during their first pregnancy)
- Multiple pregnancies
- Delivering a large baby
- Experiencing a long labor or a difficult vaginal delivery (may lead to permanent nerve damage and weakening of the pelvic muscles)
- Use of forceps during delivery
A few studies have show that women who have a cesarean section might have less risk of developing bladder leaks. However, most women who deliver vaginally remain continent, so no one is proposing that all women have cesarean sections in order to avoid the possibility of later incontinence. Pregnancy itself can weaken your pelvic muscles and you may experience a sensitive bladder as a result of that.
Post-pregnancy incontinence symptoms
If you have weak pelvic floor muscles, you may leak urine when you cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or do exercise. You may feel an urgent need to empty your bladder more frequently. Another symptom is waking up at night frequently to use the restroom or experiencing some leaks as you sleep and not noticing these.
Kegel Exercises During Pregnancy Can Prevent Incontinence
Kegel exercises help to strengthen the muscles in the pelvis. Exercising these muscles during pregnancy has been shown to decrease incontinence during pregnancy and right after delivery.
Avoid 'pushing down' actions in the first weeks after labor so that you don’t stress or further stretch your pelvic floor. Protect those muscles by following these tips:
- Squeeze, lift and hold your pelvic floor muscles before you sneeze, cough, blow your nose or lift an object
- Do not lift heavy loads
- Cross your legs and squeeze tightly together before coughing or sneezing
- Avoid exercises that make your pelvic area feel strained
If your bladder control doesn’t improve after six months, talk to your doctor. She or he can suggest new treatments or explore other possible causes of your urinary incontinence.
To take care of leaks, you can make your life easier by ordering an adequate supply of bladder protection products for different situations so that you will be protected and comfortable – anywhere and anytime. Freezya discreetly deliver personalized incontinence products to your door – every month. No worries. No hassles.