Incontinence during pregnancy

Incontinence can affect up to 40% of pregnant women and can persist after child birth in up to 43% of women.

It is NOT normal for incontinence to persist post birth and it can be successfully treated with Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises.

Different foods & drink, especially those containing caffeine may irritate the bladder and therefore make symptoms of incontinence worse.

Constipation can also affect incontinence and straining to open your bowels can weaken your pelvic floor muscles.  Changing the way you sit on the toilet can help with opening your bowels.

If your Midwife has referred you to Women’s Health Physiotherapy due to urinary leakage or incontinence during pregnancy, you will be invited to attend an assessment.  The assessment will last no more than 60 minutes will involve training pelvic floor exercises. A Physiotherapist may be able to assess your pelvic floor muscles and advise on correct technique and also lifestyle changes that may help.  Please speak to your Midwife if you have any concerns regarding incontinence.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Promoting continence with physiotherapy




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