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Pregnancy-related Incontinence

What is Pregnancy-related Incontinence?

It is common during and after pregnancy. Women can experience the problem one year or longer after having their baby.

Can physiotherapy help women with Pregnancy-related Incontinence?

Yes. Physiotherapy is highly clinically effective and cost-effective in the treatment of Pregnancy-related Incontinence with the main aim of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and improving your quality of life.

What causes Pregnancy-related Incontinence?

  • The most common cause is weak pelvic floor muscles, resulting from the increasing weight of the baby and delivery of the baby

  • It may also occur from coughing, laughing, exercise, bending over or lifting

  • Some medical causes include diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anxiety medications, previous history of stroke and urinary tract infection (UTI)

How do I know if I have Pregnancy-related Incontinence?

  • Leaking urine, which could be occasional, small or moderate in amount

  • Desperate urges to rush to the toilet to wee

  • Problems making it to the toilet in time

  • Prolapse (this is when one or more of the pelvic organs starts to fall into the vagina)

  • Bowel control problems

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