Bladder Leakage Postpartum

Why was it so important for MUMMACTIV to bring out a piece, in their collection, that had bladder leakage functionality?  Did you know that women who have given birth are 2.5 times more likely to have urinary incontinence than women who have not? A vaginal delivery is linked to a high rate of urinary incontinence in the period directly after birth with: 
–    21% of women experience urinary incontinence after their first vaginal delivery with spontaneous birth
–    36% of women experience urinary incontinence after their first vaginal delivery with forceps delivery


"Even a seemingly uneventful pregnancy and delivery can change urinary control for up to 50 percent of women," says Roger Goldberg, M.D., director of urogynecology research at the University of Chicago NorthShore University HealthSystem and author of Ever Since I Had My Baby (Random House).

In addition, in a study by Brown and Lumley (2000), urinary incontinence was one of the three major health factors associated with poor emotional well-being post-partum.

Woman feel too embarrassed to say anything let alone do any physical movement that might put them in a jeopardised position (leak urine mid movement).

Why is this so? 

Pelvic-perineal dysfunctions (Urinary incontinence and genital prolapsed) are the most important consequences of childbirth and are determined by specific alterations in the structure of neurological and musculo-fascial pelvic support.

Fit Pregnancy defines it as if you leak when you forcefully laugh, sneeze, cough, run, jump or lift weights, you have stress incontinence. "It's really common in the third trimester because of the pressure of the uterus on the bladder," says Sangeeta Mahajan, M.D., division chief of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at University Hospital's Case Medical Center Department of OB-GYN in Cleveland. Compounding the problem are the hormones that make your tissues and joints more elastic for delivery: They also reduce bladder support, allowing urine to leak.

About two-thirds of women with stress incontinence also experience urge incontinence, which is caused by an overactive bladder. You get the sudden urge to go, even though your bladder may be nearly empty, and leak before you can get to the bathroom.

PELVIC FLOOR TRAUMA is the main cause of urinary leakage. The best thing that you can do is go and see a WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIO to get some advice, exercises or an action plan to tackle the 'spritz'. In the meantime buying our PREGNANCY/POSTPARTUM SHORTS W/WASHABLE BLADDER LEAKAGE PAD and doing your pelvic floor exercises will help to take part of the immediate concern away.

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