Incontinence after pregnancy

It can range from the occasional leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise, to the complete inability to control your bladder. As urinary incontinence has become socially normalised, in many cases, women do not seek appropriate treatment. However, specific exercises can both reduce and stop urinary incontinence.

 

How common is Urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence affects around 1 third of woman within the first year of having a baby. 

what causes incontinence?

The most common cause of pregnancy-related urinary incontinence or urgency is weak pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic floor muscles support the uterus and help control the bladder and bowel. The weight of your baby can weaken these muscles.

Incontinence after childbirth, can be due to the weakening of pelvic floor muscles that can happen during vaginal births. The pressure inside your bladder becomes greater than the strength of your urethra to stay closed and any sudden extra pressure sees wee leak out.

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak or damaged your urethra might not be able to stay closed . Alternatively, the muscle that keeps the urethra closed might be damaged.

How can Hyporessives help reverse Incontinence?

In recent years, hypopressive exercise has started to be applied to the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions such as incontinence. Hypopresssives help improve the resting tone of the pelvic floor, as well as the competence of the core canister, to absorb an increase in intra abdominal pressure at sudden times of increased pressure - sneezing, coughing, running or laughing.