Urinary incontinence is a medical condition of the involuntary leakage of urine or disrupted process of storing and passing urine.
Pregnancy is one of the major factors that cause urinary incontinence. The loss of bladder control during pregnancy can be annoying and embarrassing. But, it's normal and it disappears after childbirth.
This happens because the foetus pushes down on the bladder, urethra (tube that you urinate from) and pelvic floor muscles. As a result of the pressure, the pelvic floor support is weakened and may lead to leaks or problems passing urine.
How to Deal with Urinary Incontinence during Pregnancy
If you are embarrassed because of your bladder control problem, there are many things you can do to cope with it. The following are some ways in which you can cope with urinary incontinence during pregnancy:
When to see the physician
Besides do-it-yourself solutions, there are better ways to deal with the urinary incontinence. See your doctor and ask about effective treatments, especially when incontinence is frequent or is affecting your quality of life.
When you visit the practitioner, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance such as restrict your diet. Detail him/her about the symptoms you're experiencing, including those that seem unrelated to urinary incontinence. You should always list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
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