Question: Hi YouTips4U, I have a question about bladder control. My baby is 6 months old now and sometimes I still have problems with bladder control, especially when I exercise. Will this ever go away and what can I do about it?
YouTips4U Answer: Thanks so much for your great question. In all likelihood you will get over this problem. Postpartum stress incontinence can usually be remedied with exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are called Kegels. You can do them several times throughout the day and no one will ever know. To do them, you tighten your pelvic floor muscles momentarily as if you were trying to stop urinating midstream. Try to do at least 50 each day. After I gave birth to my first child, the nurse told me to start doing them, right then and there, an hour after delivery. She said I should plan on doing them for the rest of my life. I still do them periodically although my children are much older now. Most women get excellent results. If you have trouble isolating your pelvic floor muscle, ask your OB/GYN for help. For more information on Kegels, please watch my YouTube video: Kegel Exercises to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor and Prevent/Alleviate Incontinence
If your incontinence persists for more than a year despite regular Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, you may want to consult a urologist, but talk to your OB/GYN first.
Ladies of child-bearing age who have not yet become pregnant. You should also be performing Kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor. This will help prevent incontinence problems. A growing baby puts a great amount of pressure on that area of your body so have well-toned muscles in that region is a significant benefit. It's never too early to start.
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