Many women experience some level of urinary incontinence during pregnancy. Incontinence during pregnancy ranges from mild and infrequent to severe. Incontinence may disappear right after delivery, or it may continue long after the pregnancy.
The most common type of incontinence women experience during pregnancy is stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is caused by the increased weight of the uterus pressing on the bladder, causing involuntary loss of urine. Stress incontinence may also occur when a woman coughs, sneezes, or laughs. In other cases, overactive bladder is the cause of incontinence during pregnancy. Women with overactive bladders urinate more often because of uncontrollable spasms of the bladder. This may also affect the muscles that surround the urethra, adding to the problem.
Because childbirth weakens the pelvic floor muscles, incontinence may continue after pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth may also cause damage to the bladder’s nerves. If the woman received an episiotomy during delivery, this might have an effect on bladder control as well.
There are several ways women can improve their bladder control during and after pregnancy. One such way is bladder training or timed voiding. With this approach, the woman schedules visits to the bathroom, gradually increasing the amount of time between visits. It may be helpful to keep a journal of the times urination occurs as well as leakage of urine, and then going to the bathroom around these times to avoid incontinence in the future.
Kegel exercises are another suitable method of controlling incontinence. To perform Kegel exercises, squeeze the pelvic floor muscles (the same muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine mid-stream) and hold for a count of ten. Repeat these exercises throughout the day. Kegel exercises strengthen muscles in the area and can result in improved function of the urethra and rectal sphincter.
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