Urinary Incontinence After Childbirth
Did you know that Urinary incontinence postpartum is prevalent among new mothers? In the U.S alone it affects at least 7 million women.
Maybe you experienced a seemingly uneventful pregnancy and delivery but are experiencing unwanted leakage. You’re not alone. Up to 50 percent of women can have a change urinary control. Starting today,
I will help you heal symptoms of urinary incontinence after childbirth.
Incontinence after Childbirth Key Takeaways
1. When you are pregnant, and also after childbirth, you will likely experience at least some degree of urinary incontinence.
2. There are a number of factors that can contribute to postpartum incontinence such as when your baby passes through the birth canal during delivery, the increased weight of the uterus during pregnancy, and the unique hormones produced in pregnancy.
3. Lifestyle factors such as smoking also play a role in a woman’s likelihood of developing incontinence after pregnancy.
4. If you are carrying too much weight during your pregnancy and also after childbirth then you will have a higher chance of incontinence after childbirth.
5. Kegel exercises are a great treatment option for incontinence. If symptoms have not resolved with first line treatments, surgery can be used to treat incontinence.
You May Develop Stress Incontinence after Birth if You:
- Have a long labor.
- Have bladder problems during the pregnancy.
- Are having your first baby.
- Are having a large baby.
- Have a difficult delivery.
What Causes Postpartum Incontinence?
During pregnancy, the weight of the expanding uterus can weaken the strength of your pelvic floor muscles which can cause urine to leak.
Hormones, genetics and other lifestyle factors, can also make it more likely that you will experience incontinence after childbirth.
Risk factors for Incontinence after Childbirth
You are more likely to have incontinence if you also had leakage problems during pregnancy, especially in the first or second trimester.
Did you know? According to the National Institutes of Health, women who have a natural delivery are 50% more likely to experience incontinence than women who deliver by C-section.
Why do I Leak Urine after Childbirth?
During your pregnancy, your body produced hormones that stretch the muscles and tissues that support your bladder, bowel and your uterus. This group of muscles and tissues is called the pelvic floor.
When your baby moves down through your vagina to be born, your pelvic floor stretches and it remains stretched for some time.
So the combination of hormones and stretched muscles means the muscles that control your bladder are weakened. This can lead to you accidentally leaking urine.
How long does urinary incontinence last after childbirth?
You may find that it goes away in the first few weeks as the stretched muscles and tissues recover.
However, you could be like many other women where it can take months. Or, you may find that your pelvic floor never recovers fully.
Generally, it can take between three to six months to regain complete bladder control — though there are steps you can take to get it back faster which you will discover in my 12 week program.
If this is you and you are still experiencing leakage at your 6-week postnatal check then my PregActive for Mamas 12 week program is for you. Taking the proactive step to deal with this right now so you can reduce the risk of it becoming a life-long problem.
Urinary Incontinence after c section
A C-section scar can attach to the front wall of your bladder, causing that strong urge to go to the toilet. As everything shrinks back down after the birth, the scar begins tugging on the bladder making it feel like you have to pee.
When should I see a doctor about postpartum incontinence?
You should talk to your doctor six weeks after delivery if you had incontinence before, during or after pregnancy. Regular, unintended urine leakage may mean you have another medical condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated.
How is Urinary Incontinence Treated after Pregnancy?
Most women with postpartum incontinence see significant improvement after implementing the right recommended lifestyle changes. You can also see your symptoms completely resolve by maintaining a healthy routine and losing any extra post-pregnancy weight.
What I want you to know is that there are attainable solutions, and all they often require is taking the first step of asking for help. This is why I created my PregActive for Mamas program.
Postpartum Incontinence Treatments
With regards to incontinence after childbirth there are many treatment options.
1. You need to evaluate your lifestyle. Excessive coughing due to smoking or being overweight can put unnecessary strain on the pelvic floor muscles. You need to follow a healthy living program to attain a healthy weight.
2. Diet and exercise. Cutting back on or eliminating certain foods may help improve incontinence symptoms.
3. Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor, giving more control over urinary urges. Every week of my 12 week program I provide you with guided Kegel exercises.
4. Pelvic floor physical therapy can also help build muscle memory and strength.
5. Last resort is always surgery.
Hi, I’m Kerryn.
I created my postpartum recovery program to bridge the gap between the healing you need, and the strength and fitness you want and deserve after childbirth.
This is not just another guide on how to stop urinary continence after childbirth. It is a revolutionary 12 step program that will allow you to exercise your core and pelvic floor, from the comfort of home.
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