After a delivery, the mother’s body does not recover immediately. There are some problems you may experience after childbirth. One of them is urinary incontinence, a condition where you cannot control the urination, especially when sneezing, coughing, laughing, jumping, lifting heavy objects, or other movements that put pressure on the bladder. Urinary incontinence is common in mothers after childbirth. However, does urinary incontinence after childbirth occur in every mother?
Who is at risk of developing urinary incontinence after delivery?
Not all mothers after delivery have urinary incontinence. However, most mothers after delivery experience it. Frequently, urinary incontinence occurs more in the mother who gives birth in a normal way than in a cesarean delivery.
Several studies have shown that a mother who gives birth in a vaginal way often have problems with urination after childbirth. Other studies have also mentioned that mothers who have a prolonged normal delivery or have large babies are also more likely to experience urinary incontinence after childbirth.
In addition, some of the more likely causes of postpartum urinary incontinence are:
- Obese pregnant women
- Pregnant women who smoke
- Mothers who have many children, especially if giving birth in the normal way
What causes urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can occur because the muscles around the bladder and pelvis are weakened during pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, urination is difficult to be controlled, such as to expelled or stopped mid-way. After delivery, the size of the shrinking uterus in the early weeks after delivery makes pelvic floor muscles shift, making it difficult to block the water in the bladder and keep the urethra closed. As a result, urine can leak and you cannot control it.
How to overcome urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence may take place at different times for each mother after delivery. There are women who experience urinary incontinence in a short time after childbirth while some may take longer to have this childbirth complication. This certainly creates inconvenience for you since you don’t know when it can happen. However, worry not. There are things you can do to overcome urinary incontinence:
- Doing Kegel exercises regularly so that your pelvic floor muscles are quickly restored and strong again
- Use pads or diapers to help absorb leaking urine and protect your pants from urine leakage
- Try to cross your legs and tighten your pelvic muscles when you want to sneeze, cough, or laugh
- Reduce consumption of caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks, to help you reduce the frequency of urination
- Reduce consumption of oranges, tomatoes, and other high-acid foods as they can irritate your bladder and make urine difficult to control
- Avoid constipation after childbirth in order not to put more pressure on your bladder
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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