Posts Tagged ‘urination’

Stress incontinence

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Stress incontinence is accidentally losing urine during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. This major “Oops!” happens to a lot of us. One of the most common reasons for a woman to have this embarrassing lack of control is childbirth. Childbirth can weaken the pelvic muscles that support the bladder and urethra. It often is diagnosed in women who have had more than one pregnancy and vaginal delivery or who have pelvic prolapse.

Women who develop stress incontinence during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from it afterward, as are obese women or women who smoke. It usually goes away after a few weeks or months post-delivery, but not for some of us lucky gals.

There are four types of treatment for stress incontinence: behavior changes; medication; pelvic floor muscle training; and surgery.  Obviously, taking the least drastic measure that proves successful is the better route to go.

Something that can be very helpful in tightening up that region again is continuing the kegel exercises you learned when you were pregnant, and doing them often. Shed those extra pounds that may be hanging on. Don’t give up drinking water or you might end up with a UTI. (Make sure you drink those 6-8 glasses a day.) Avoid alcohol and caffeine which can irritate your bladder.

If this is bothering you (and believe me it bothers lots of women), talk with your provider about help that’s best for you. You can read more about stress incontinence and treatment options at this link.

Pregnant… gotta go?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

bathroom-breakIf you’re pregnant, you may feel like you’ve scoped out every bathroom in the state. Do you know the location of every clean gas station or Starbuck’s on the planet? You may be wondering “what’s the deal with having to pee all the time?” Here’s a link to the whys and wherefores, your basic Bladder 101 for pregnant women.  It includes tips for dealing with this temporary torment and signs that may mean you need medical attention, like a possible urinary tract infection, UTI.

For the first few days after delivery, you may go even more often as your body gets rid of the extra fluid of pregnancy. But after a few days, your need to pee should return to what it was before you became pregnant. Yay! Most women do get back to normal. Take heart, there will come a time when you’ll be able to drive past almost every gas station or Starbuck’s without making a pit stop.

Infections after c-section

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

mom-with-newborn1Did you know? Women who have a c-section are more likely to develop a postpartum infection than women who have a vaginal delivery.

A new study from Denmark looked at the records of over 30,000 women who had given birth. Those who had a c-section were at increased risk of having a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a wound infection within the first 30 days after delivery. (A wound infection affects the area where the incision was made.) Other studies have also found an increased risk of infection after cesarean.

So if you have a c-section, be on the alert for these signs:

* For a UTI, watch for pain or burning when you go to the bathroom, blood in your urine, fever and the urge to go often.

* For  wound infection, watch for redness, swelling or pus around the incision site. Sometimes, the wound may open, and you may run a fever.

For more information, read the March of Dimes article on cesarean birth. Or watch our video C-Section: Recovering After Surgery.