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The Truth about Post-partum Incontinence

January 8, 2023


Many women are thinking their incontinence or pelvic pain will get better on its own, and they do nothing. But for most women, the symptoms will only get worse over time. For new moms, this is especially true.


The baby has arrived, now what? If you (or the mom of your grandkids) are like most women, the arrival of a new baby means a to-do list a mile long. The only thing we usually leave out is taking care of ourselves. One of a new mom’s biggest challenges is taking time to tend to her own emotional or spiritual needs, or stimulating her mind beyond Baby Einstein and PBS Kids.


It’s also hard to find time to take care of our bodies without feeling guilty. But if we don't take care of us, we won't be able to take care of anyone else. And it's critically important to take the time now, in these early postpartum days, to start getting your body back on track so that you can avoid bigger problems down the road.


Some urinary leaking and pelvic pain can be normal immediately after delivery. Some doctors may even tell you that at a six-week follow-up that these symptoms are still okay or even normal. But when symptoms persist to the three-month mark, or are getting worse, that is not normal.


If our child was in pain or wetting their pants for days, weeks, or months, we would be on the phone with the doctor.  We would not be saying, “it'll get better eventually”, or “I don't have time right now”.


As physical therapists, we are always saying to ourselves, “Wouldn't it have been great if I could have reached this patient before the problems got this bad!” As with most problems in life, the longer they carry on, the more damage occurs, making repair more difficult and often more costly.


After nine months of pregnancy, your body needs your help to get back on track. But it’s at this time that your pelvic floor and postural muscles are at further risk because you now spend a lot of time in a forward, bent position: feeding or nursing the baby, lifting the baby from the crib, changing the baby, lifting the laundry basket--the list goes on and on. Some women even have a change in their walking pattern because of compensations that have occurred during pregnancy. And they develop bad physical habits, creating abnormal stresses in the hips and back to compensate for painful movement.


But there is hope for combating this pelvic floor spiral. Proper exercises for the hips, legs, and torso can reverse all of the normal, but adverse changes from pregnancy. It’s easier than you might think, and you’re not alone.


For support, great information, and a little fun, attend one of our FREE pelvic floor workshops. Get more info or register here: Incontinence and Pelvic Pain Relief Workshop


Or Read More info on our Website: Urinary Incontinence | Superior Physical Therapy (thesuperiortherapy.com)


Or try a Pelvic Floor Workout: https://youtu.be/xD4yqAp8ebw



Additional info from Mayo Clinic on Incontinence: Urinary incontinence - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic


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