Incontinence When Pregnant and After Birth

Have you experienced little involuntary leaks during your pregnancy, or afterwards? Do you dread sneezing, coughing, laughing or even standing up from being seated? 

Urinary incontinence is the medical term for when you involuntary leak urine. Incontinence when pregnant, and after birth is very common. During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles relax as they prepare your body for labour. These, now relaxed, muscles are usually responsible for supporting the uterus away from the bladder and bowel. Hence, feeling like you constantly "need to go" during pregnancy.
Your pelvic floor muscles are also somewhat weakened by a growing baby, and birth itself. Plus, during vaginal birth muscles can become damaged, further contributing to postnatal incontinence. The whole experience of pregnancy plays havoc with our internals!
Constipation is also a contributing factor with incontinence. Straining while emptying your bowels can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. So, if you suffer from constipation, make sure you mention it to your midwife or GP. 
Another possible factor is epidural and spinal blocks, especially if you also had a catheter. You may be unable to feel the need to urinate in the days after.
Pregnant woman at the window

 

Is it just me? 

Incontinence when pregnant and after birth is very common. Sadly, not many women want to seek help and feel embarrassed about it.

Well, you shouldn’t! Keeping quiet and not seeking help could impact your social life, career, relationship and wellbeing. It's not worth sacrificing anything through shame of something that happens to so many women! Talk to your midwife or GP. They will find the right treatment, or refer you to a physio for pelvic floor exercises. Talking to a medical professional also helps reduce the possibility of urinary tract infections or amniotic fluid leaks. 

 glass of water

How to help your bladder at home:

  • cut down on caffeine

  • keep drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day. Don’t avoid drinking as it might lead to a urinary tract infection!

  • avoid heavy lifting 

  • consult your GP if you are constipated.


DON'T FORGET TO PROTECT YOUR BED!

woman on the bed

 If you’re worried about incontinence when pregnant and after birth, make sure to have a good waterproof mat to protect your mattress and bedding!

PeapodMats stay put even if you're known worldwide for your wriggling and fidgeting at night! A PeapodMat will also protect the bed if your waters break.

You can use them again and again to protect your bed. Smaller sizes of PeapodMats will also help to protect your sofa or armchair. 

little girl sitting on the bed


In a few year's time your Peapod mat will come in handy for potty training 👍

There's no shame in little leaks, just make sure you're protected!

Pink PeapodMat on the bed

source: nct.org.ukwebmd.comnhs.uk

 

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This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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