Did you know that urinary incontinence affects close to 13 million people worldwide and this condition is more common among women? This is because of the changes that they experience during pregnancy and even after childbirth.
In one study, over 500 healthy women reported having experienced urinary incontinence at some point during pregnancy. Research has also shown that around 54% of pregnant women have suffered the negative effects of this condition on their quality of life including emotional and even travel areas.
Types of Mild Inconsistency During Pregnancy
Some of the main types of incontinence during pregnancy include:
- Stress Incontinence. This refers to the loss of urine due to pressure on the bladder
- Transient incontinence. This is a temporary loss of urine due to temporary condition or medication
- Urgency incontinence. This is the loss of urine due to the urgent need to urinate.
- Mixed incontinence. This is a combination of urgency and stress incontinence.
Why Mild Incontinence Occurs During Pregnancy
When it comes to passing urine, you are only able to urinate when the muscles around your urethra relax to allow the urine to flow out of your body. Once you are done, the muscles will contract again and remain that way until you are ready again.
Pregnancy generally affects the way your urethra relaxes and contracts. The added pressure and hormone imbalance during pregnancy can always lead to this.
Researchers have also noted that those who have a history of incontinence and have a higher body mass usually gain more than the normal amount of weight during pregnancy that can lead to mild incontinence. There are also medical causes of incontinence including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, stroke and anxiety.
Furthermore, 30-40% of women who do not treat their urinary tract infections well may develop this symptom during pregnancy.
How to Treat Mild Incontinence
Whether you are new to pregnancy or not this condition doesn’t have to make your life hard. Here are some of the things that you should do to control it
- Practice Kegels
By practicing Kegel exercises you’ll strengthen your pelvic floor and avoid any leakage that may occur. But to do this properly you need to practice well. If you’ve never done this before you can start by stopping urine flow next time you feel the urge to urinate.
You can practice this exercise at any time of the day whether your bladder is empty or not. According to recent studies, women who practice kegel exercises when they were pregnant with their first baby significantly prevented any leakage later in their pregnancy and even after giving birth.
It can also help those who had persistence problems after giving birth. However, for you to get any results you must be consistent with what you are doing.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
According to studies women who weigh more when they are pregnant or who gain a lot of weight are more likely to suffer from mild incontinence during pregnancy. So the best way to control this is to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy
- Keep a Schedule for Toilet Breaks
It’s also very important to keep a diary of your toilet breaks. This will help you know what to tell your specialist when seeking help with your issue. By knowing how frequently you experience this, he will advise you on the best thing to do.
- Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks
We are generally what we eat. If your bladder is over-reactive you need to eliminate all the foods and drinks that you think are toxins. Toxic foods and drinks can acuminate in your bladder and affect them. You also need to stop taking too much water after dinner.
With BMB, mild incontinence can be treated using a non-surgical treatment that helps to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles using the latest technology backed by science – and with no downtime.
Will Incontinence Continue After Pregnancy?
Having vaginal delivery and pregnancy are likely to stretch the muscles that support your pelvic. Due to this, you may have trouble urinating or even leak urine after giving birth.
In a recent study, researchers found that while 62% of pregnant women suffer this, 50% continue to have these problems after childbirth.
However, as compared to women who didn’t have this problem during pregnancy, those who had it are likely to experience postpartum incontinence.
When to See a Professional About Mild Incontinence During Pregnancy
If you are still experiencing the same problem six weeks after delivery you need to talk to your doctor. The continued leaking of urine may mean that you are suffering from another problem. This condition should, therefore, be treated if it appears to be long term.
Urinary incontinence, whether mild or serious, should not be tolerated. This is especially true if it continues after delivery. Make sure you tell your doctor so you can be treated. In the meantime, you need to relax knowing that there are several strategies that you can use to manage it. By controlling it you’ll not only minimise the risk of embarrassing yourself but also prevent the leaks from occurring in the first place.
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