Pushing your baby through the birth canal places all sorts of stretching pressures on most of your pelvic organs which can trigger bladder control loss. Some women seem to be able to withstand this stretching better than others.
Childbirth puts a huge strain on your bladder and the supporting muscles of your pelvic floor. Vaginal delivery, a perineum tear or episiotomy (cut in the perineum that makes it easier for the baby to come out), and damage to the nerves of the bladder, make loss of bladder control a very common issue for new mums.
Most women regain control slowly but some bladder problems can be aggravated further down the track, by such natural changes like menopause. Long term coughing or sneezing, constipation, increased body mass, and of course, picking up and lifting children can all put pressure on a weakened and damaged pelvic floor.
Be sure to talk to your doctor or health care professional as they will help you determine, control and improve your bladder control loss to fit with your lifestyle.
See our Poise® Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips below to help busy mums manage and control their bladder weakness.