Pregnancy and Incontinence

Pregnancy and Incontinence Information and Management | Opal Physio

Did you know that? – Common Facts About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

1 in 3 women has some form of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pregnancy-related incontinence problems are quite common during and after pregnancy. Women can experience incontinence problems during pregnancy and after childbirth.

What are the types of Incontinence?

Urge incontinence – where you have to rush to the toilet to pee and have difficulty holding urine.

Stress incontinence – having urine leak when you cough or laugh or when exercising.

Mixed incontinence – having both stress and urge incontinence problems.

Bowel dysfunction – when you have difficulty controlling the passing wind, feeling an urgent need to empty your bowel and leak bowel motion after you have been to the toilet or find it hard to pass a bowel movement.

These are issues very few people talk about especially about pregnancy and incontinence during pregnancy and after childbirth.

This is most commonly found in women who may have a weak pelvic floor. Research has shown that doing your pelvic floor exercises will help with the recovery of pelvic floor muscles after childbirth. Pelvic floor exercises help reduce your risk of bladder and bowel problems during or after pregnancy.

Mother Holding Child

Before you start your pelvic floor muscle training program it is important that you can identify your pelvic floor muscles appropriately. You can consult your pelvic floor physiotherapist or health professional if you are having difficulty identifying your pelvic floor muscles or if you are unsure you are performing the exercises correctly.

Pregnancy and Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Trained Physiotherapist Can Help

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy for urinary or bowel incontinence will help you during prenatal and postpartum care. Treatment is individualized to clients and often includes pelvic floor muscle retraining, providing advice on bowel and bladder habits and lifestyle modifications ….. so you could focus your care on your child and your well-being instead.

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