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How to treat bladder weakness caused by pregnancy

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Strengthening your pelvic floor post-pregnancy

Whilst pregnancy is a magical time, the need to incessantly pee isn’t! Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy and the months that follow. The baby can place a lot of stress on your pelvic floor muscles and can have a weakening effect in as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy. Hormonal changes, pressure on the bladder from an expanding womb, and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and can result in life-long issues with urinary leaks. Women that have given birth by caesarean section may also develop a weak pelvic floor due to hormonal changes and pressures on the muscle.

Most women will first start to hear about their illusive pelvic floor muscles whilst pregnant as many midwives and nurses are fairly clued up. Once you feel ready, and this can take a fair few months, it is recommended you begin a strengthening programme to restore your floor back to full health. Taking part in your children’s sports days, jumping on bouncy castles with them and even trying for another, are all things that will once again be possible.

Bladder weakness can be treated

Innovotherapy itself is not recommended during pregnancy but is recommended from six weeks post childbirth, and after three months for women who have given birth by caesarean section.

The baby can place a lot of stress on your pelvic floor muscles and can have a weakening effect in as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy.