Incontinence After Childbirth
What is incontinence after childbirth?
Have you recently felt an accidental leak of wee when you laughed, sneezed, coughed or exercised? Are you pregnant or have you recently given birth to a child?
If you discover you’re leaking urine after childbirth, there’s no need to feel ashamed. Stress incontinence or urinary incontinence after childbirth are very common problems among new mums and pregnant women.
What causes this urinary incontinence? Put simply, a mixture of hormones and stress on your pelvic floor.
While you are pregnant, your body is inundated with hormones that help your body provide nutrients for your baby, prepare for nursing, and even help make childbirth. These hormones, combined with the weight of your baby, can lead to urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence in women after childbirth or stress incontinence is especially common among women whose pelvic floor muscles have weakened following the delivery of a large baby or prolonged pushing during delivery.
How long will my incontinence last?
Most cases of urinary incontinence resolve in the first year after birth. However, five years after giving birth, one third to one half of women experience lingering bladder weakness.
How can I treat stress incontinence after childbirth?
Stress incontinence after childbirth often happens involuntarily and when you least expect it! For example, it can happen when you cough or jump, or even laugh.
For long term resolution of stress incontinence after childbirth, we recommend daily pelvic muscle exercises to build strength in your pelvic floor. Fast Kegel exercises will help your muscles learn to cope with unexpected pressure.
What else can I try?
Confidant products are a great solution to help you manage incontinence without embarrassment. Simple to use and cost effective, Confidant products are designed for use like a tampon but are reusable, making them a versatile alternative to incontinence pads.
Discreet and easy to clean, a Confidant product will on average last between four and six months, making it an affordable option for managing incontinence after childbirth.