Tackling Urinary Incontinence: Tips and Tricks

pregnant woman having urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary leakage of urine, and is fairly common for expecting mothers. The condition may be mild for some but could be relatively severe for others.

It can be a major inconvenience for mums, especially when you expect to find yourself out and about running errands in preparation for your baby’s arrival.

Today, we’ll share some tricks and tips you can use to minimise the impact of your urinary incontinence.

Why does it happen?

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First, let’s understand why this happens both during and after pregnancy.

While pregnant, your growing baby can place extra pressure on your bladder, which can result in bladder control problems. This is also most likely to happen in your third trimester, when your baby is growing rapidly.

Mums are also most likely to experience urinary incontinence after childbirth. This occurs due to a weakening of bladder and pelvic muscle during childbirth.

Different types of urinary incontinence

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Here are the four most common types of urinary incontinence you may experience:

  • Stress Incontinence: Pressure on the bladder causing loss of urine. This happens when you laugh, cough or sneeze.

  • Urgency Incontinence: Leakage of urine due to bladder contractions.

  • Mixed Incontinence: A combination of stress and urgency incontinence.

  • Transient Incontinence: Temporary loss of bladder control due to medication or a temporary condition such as urinary tract infection (UTI) or constipation.

What can you do about it?

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Don’t fret if you’re experiencing urinary incontinence. Here are some recommended ways of tackling this tricky problem:

  • Kegel exercises

  • These involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of your pelvic floor, helping to strengthen them

  • Incorporating these into your daily routines for 5-10 minutes is all you need

  • Kegels, or pelvic floor exercises, can be done quite discreetly from anywhere, when you’re seated at your desk or relaxing on the sofa

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Weight loss can help manage the symptoms of urinary incontinence by possibly reducing the pressure on your pelvic floor and bladder

  • Control your intake of caffeine and/or alcohol

  • As diuretics, drinking caffeine or alcohol will worsen your situation by increasing bladder activity

  • Reducing or eliminating your intake of caffeine or alcohol would help with alleviating symptoms of urinary incontinence

  • Manage it in the meantime

  • While trying solutions to overcome incontinence, using absorbent pads as a safety precaution can definitely help

  • Get an aide to speed up the process

  • Give the Elvie Trainer a try -- it’ll help you get the most of your kegel exercises as you start to train and strengthen your pelvic floor

  • It can be easily connected to your mobile to help you visualise the exercises, give you feedback on them and track your progress (Yes, it’s possible to do kegels incorrectly!)

Find out more about the Elvie Trainer

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Head over to our website to read more on the Elvie Trainer and browse other baby products you may need for your journey through motherhood!

You can also drop by our Hatchery Cribs baby warehouse to view the Elvie Trainer for yourself. (In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget to schedule a booking before coming over!)