Urinary incontinence is the involuntary passage of urine, occurring during pregnancy due to pressure on the bladder from the growing belly. Almost all women experience some sort of incontinence during pregnancy. The treatment is easy and often requires bladder training or life style changes.
Before we talk about incontinence, let’s first know about how urination takes place. The moment you get an urge to pass urine, the muscles relax around your urethra , the tube that expels urine from your urinary bladder outside, and urine flows from the bladder to the urethra to be thrown out of the body. Once urination is over, the muscles around the urethra contract and this results in holding off any urine till next sensation to pass urine occurs.
During pregnancy, the growing uterus exerts physical pressure on the urinary bladder. The hormonal changes occurring in this phase also interfere with the urethral muscles, resulting in either involuntary passage or leakage of urine while exerting even a little pressure when coughing or sneezing.
The type of incontinence commonly experienced during pregnancy is called as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which means leakage of urine that occurs during exercise or coughing, laughing. The next form is little more severe, occurs due to an over active bladder i.e. urgency incontinence. This results in an increased frequency of urination along with SUI. The last and the most severe form is the inability to hold the urine. In this, urine is involuntarily passed even before one can make it to the toilet and you have no control over it.
As most females experience pregnancy incontinence, it is important to know how to prevent it. This can be done with certain lifestyle changes. Urinary incontinence lifestyle changes include the following:
If you have suffered from incontinence during pregnancy, it makes you more prone to have incontinence even after delivery for the first 4-6 weeks. This is because during delivery pelvic floor muscles are stretched which makes them weak and increases your tendency to have incontinence.
So make the small changes suggested above to deal with urinary incontinence during pregnancy easily and have complete control over it.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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