JUST A LITTLE WEE PROBLEM – INCONTINENCE AFTER BIRTH
Urinary incontinence. Also known as “one of the many unexpected side effects of giving birth where we mums can’t even jump on a trampoline without our bladders leaking” (okay, so this isn’t the “medical” description, but it should be).
Incontinence is actually described as any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. It is incredibly common (45 per cent of mums experience it after giving birth), even though most of us don’t bring it up in every day conversation.
What did you do today? Oh, you know, we went grocery shopping, I took the baby to swimming lessons, I peed myself during a sneeze…
While it’s normal for your body, your bladder and your bowels to need some time to recover after giving birth, incontinence can continue to give you grief if it’s not correctly addressed.
So what can you do to stop this wee issue in its tracks?
Tighten those muscles, ladies!
Your pelvic floor may have taken a beating but it’s never too late to bring it back to life. Make it a habit to tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold the contraction and relax it, several times a day.
Consider shorts for the short term
There are exercise shorts and underwear that can also aid in bladder leakage while out and about. Check out ModiBodi and EVB.
There are a number of non-surgical treatments available. Who should you call? A physiotherapist is a good option but you can also contact your doctor to determine the best path for you to take.
An OBGYN may be able to assist with incontinence after childbirth. Get in touch with the team at Dr Elizabeth Jackson’s clinic to enquire.
Want to try physiotherapy? It may just help you out a great deal. Get in touch with the team at ProActive Physiotherapy to enquire.