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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.


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




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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I WISH I’d found this sooner. I have an 8 yr old boy that still has accidents at night and sleeps in a top bunk. I did NOT want to put him back in some sort of nappy, and this is the best solution. This has now saved me completely waking up during the night.


We haven't started braving night time with no nappies yet - BUT we currently have this on the sofa so any "accidents" dont absolutely ruin it. Wow, my sofa is soft and comfy and any misshaps are sucked up without damaging the fabric. It doesn't slip (like the puppy pads we tried) and is obviously way way more environmentally friendly (Greta would be proud). No nappy nights actually seem like a less daunting prospect with this bad boy on our team. Top marks Peapod, defo recommend.

Hello EC,
We're happy to hear that PeapodMats protect your sofa, don't move and make night time potty training a less daunting prospect!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

Good product

Wanted to get this as son is sometimes wet at night and wanted to protect the mattress and it does

Hello Jenny,
It's great to hear that you're happy with your PeapodMat and it protects the mattress!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

So I ordered the large as my daughter still co-sleeps in my bed with me and she fidgets so much in the night! I received my mat last week and put it straight onto my bed. Haven’t had a wet night so far so I can’t comment on the absorption but the mat is great! Size is perfect for a fidget bum and doesn’t move in the night or make noise and the material is soft and comfy!

Hi L L,
We're happy to hear that your PeapodMat doesn't move or make a noise and it's soft and comfy!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

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