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Pregnancy and Incontinence


Some women may start to develop incontinence during pregnancy or they may experience worsening of pre-existing urinary incontinence.

Pelvic Floor Exercises before, during and after pregnancy are the best place to start.

Looking after your bowels can help the bladder function.  There is a tendency to consitpation in pregnancy.

Use of medications for urge incontinence require discussions regarding safety of use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Incontinence will usually improve with pelvic floor exercises after childbirth but it may take some months.

A large baby, difficult birth, forceps, vacuum cap extraction or tearing can make bladder and bowel problems more likley.

One in three women who have had a baby experience urinary incontinence.

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