How to treat bladder weakness caused by pregnancyBack to articles
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, and the pelvic floor is no exception.
How does pregnancy & childbirth cause bladder weakness?
The pelvic floor consists of layers of muscles that stretch like a supportive hammock from the pubic bone (in the front) to the end of the backbone. However, hormonal changes, pressure on the bladder from an expanding womb, and childbirth (natural or by caesarean section) can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, leaving the neck of the bladder un-supported, resulting in life-long issues with urinary leaks.
The impact of a weak pelvic floor weakness doesn’t just extend to the bladder. Strengthening the pelvic floor can also help you overcome loss of sexual sensation (often experienced after childbirth or when the pelvic floor has lost its strength), poor posture, core strength and overall confidence & wellbeing.
How do I treat bladder weakness post childbirth?
Just like any muscle in the body, our muscles need to be exercised regularly & correctly, in order to maintain optimal strength – the pelvic floor muscle is just the same.
Our pelvic floor strength, and bladder weakness symptoms tends to worsen over time if left untreated, so many women just end up coping with leaks by using pads, and resign to it as part of life. This shouldn’t be the case! Bladder weakness caused by a weak pelvic floor is treatable - you don’t have to put up with it.
You may have heard about your pelvic floor & the importance of strengthening it for the first time when you became pregnant. Midwives & Nurses will generally advise you to undertake pelvic floor exercises by clenching & releasing the muscles yourself as a preventative measure against leaks post birth. However, these are tricky to get right, and almost impossible if your pelvic floor is really weak. You also need to do hundreds of these manual contractions each day to see the benefit.
This is where INNOVO® can help.
INNOVO®’s non-invasive, clinically proven pelvic floor exerciser treats the root cause of leaks by strengthening your all-important pelvic floor. It delivers 180 perfect pelvic floor contractions in each 30-minute session via a set of conductive gel pads attached to a wearable garment, similar to a pair of shorts. The shorts connect to a hand-held controller which allows you to vary the intensity of the contractions – feel your entire pelvic floor lifting & releasing! Use for just 30 minutes per day, five days per week (for up to 12 weeks) for long-lasting results. It’s safe, painless, highly effective & is suitable for use in the comfort of your home. See results in as little as 4 weeks*.
INNOVO® is not recommended for using during pregnancy, however you can begin treatment within 6 weeks of childbirth (or 3 months post caesarean section). Consult your physician if you are unsure about whether INNOVO® is right for you.
Pelvic Floor Exercises with Jane Wake
Jane Wake, Pelvic Floor Expert, demonstrates how to do those tricky pelvic floor exercises yourself, post childbirth.
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.
1 in 3 British Women experience Bladder Weakness.
Overcome leaks with INNOVO® today.