Why do I have stress incontinence?
What can I do to reduce or stop stress incontinence?
Stress incontinence and post natal exercise
When should I seek professional help for stress incontinence?
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Stress incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine during physical exertion such as:
There are quite a few reasons why you might have stress incontinence following the birth of your little one:
Pelvic floor exercises, also known as kegel exercises, have been shown to significantly reduce or even eliminate stress incontinence when performed correctly and regularly. My FREE step-by-step Guide to the Pelvic Floor will make sure that you know exactly how to do your pelvic floor exercises.
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As well as doing your pelvic floor exercises you need to make sure that you don’t undo all your good work by taking up the wrong sort of exercise following the birth of your baby. Read on to find out more about post natal exercise and stress incontinence…
This is a topic which is very close to my heart. Why? Because if you do the wrong sort of exercise during the postnatal period – those crucial 6 months after giving birth – you could quite easily damage your pelvic floor and end up with stress incontinence. This is exactly what happened to me after I had my third child, and before I had retrained as a specialist in pregnancy and postnatal fitness. Nobody gave me appropriate advice and I went straight back into “mainstream” exercise, ruined my pelvic floor, found myself having to deal with stress incontinence, and then had to be operated on. So take my advice… do NOT do high impact exercise during the first six months after giving birth as this will place immense strain on an already weakened and stretched pelvic floor. By high impact, I mean the following:
Jogging is high impact
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Urinary incontinence is most unpleasant. It makes you feel about a hundred years old and, frankly, is a particularly unglamorous condition. Many women try and sweep the problem under the carpet and never go and seek professional help because either they find it too embarrassing, or they think it is simply part of the “motherhood package”. And yet it can have an enormously negative impact on your daily life, from having to plan shopping trips around availability of loos in town to avoiding any exercises which are likely to cause an accident, even though you are perfectly capable in all other respects of doing these exercises. Next time you go to an exercise class take a look around you and look out for all the women who avoid doing jumping jacks – yes, you guessed, they probably suffer from stress incontinence. So here are my thoughts on when to seek professional help for stress incontinence:
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