Let's not beat around the bush here...pregnancy messes about with your body in ways that no one every really prepares you for. When I was pregnant with bubba I expected the sickness and tiredness but no one told me about all the other stuff...ESPECIALLY the fact that I may well find myself dealing with incontinence.
Incontinence is really not something to be embarrassed about...it happens to so many people! Hartmann direct recently sent me over some facts and figures and I was so shocked by some of the that I just had to share! According to recent research, women aged between 20 to 45 are particularly likely to suffer with an overactive bladder and it' not clear how many people are effected but it's estimated between 3 & 6 million people in the UK may have some degree of urinary incontinence! That's a huge amount so if you have suffered before then you are definitely not on your own!
During pregnancy you are more likely to suffer from incontinence for the obvious reason that you have a baby pushing on your bladder which is called Stress incontinence. According to the National Association for Incontinence 63% of stress-incontinent women say that their symptoms began during or after pregnancy. A recent study also found that at three months post partum 34.3% of women admitted to still having some degree of urinary incontinence. I know for a fact that since having Bubba if I have laughing really hard at something I will most probably have to nip off to the loo as I will feel like I need to have a wee. People laugh and say that it's because I've had a baby but do you do what? It is!
But never fear Mummies of the world...there are a few changes that you can make to help prevent incontinence and those embarrassing moments.
1. Cut down on the caffeine.
Caffeine irritates the bladder and can make in continence worse. Switching to decaf is one simple change you can make to help.
2. Drink plenty of water.
Sounds like an odd one as surely that will make you pee more but keeping hydrated really helps!
3. Avoid spicy and citrus foods.
Studies show that people who avoid these types of food have reduced urinary incontinence symptoms.
4. Do daily pelvic floor exercises.
This is SO important and something that all pregnant women should start doing right away. This will help to prevent leakage.
Thanks so much to Hartmann for sending this through and I really hope it's been of some use to you lovely lot out there :)