Post-Pregnancy Incontinence

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When you are pregnant, you have to go to the bathroom more often. Sometimes you can't control yourself and you leak a little. During pregnancy, incontinence is a normal thing for a lot of women, but what about after the birth?

If you have already had your baby and you still can't control your bladder, what are your options? There are several ways you can retrain your bladder, but catheters may be necessary until you have completely recovered your control.

When you are pregnant, your baby puts pressure on the muscles that would normally control and inhibit leakage. With your bladder under pressure, the urge to go more quickly and more often is sometimes felt.

So, after the birth when the pressure is lifted, why would you still be having problems with incontinence? When your bladder is being pressed by your baby, it puts more stress on the muscles that control the bladder, often weakening them.

Sometimes the nerves are even damaged by this or by the delivery. Also, the muscles move and shift during pregnancy as your body changes to make room for your child. Any surgical procedures associated with the birth can also have an effect on the muscles and your bladder control.

If you experience incontinence, you should see your doctor and make sure the incontinence is actually caused by weakened muscles from your pregnancy. You wouldn't want to ignore it and spend time trying to retrain your bladder if your actual problem is a UTI. Your doctor will be able to figure out what is wrong so you don't end up with worse than simple incontinence.

One method of coping is attempting to retrain your bladder. See how long you can reasonably wait before going to the bathroom and try to increase the time every week. However, if that isn't working, catheters may be your solution. With some of the new catheters, which are smoother, safer, and more portable, you can avoid accidents conveniently until you don't need them anymore.

Pregnancy changes your body and the way it works. Temporary incontinence caused by pregnancy is not uncommon and can be taken care of until your body goes back to normal.

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