Urinary incontinence in pregnancy should not be ignored as research suggests that if you develop stress urinary incontinence during your pregnancy you are more likely to suffer from incontinence years later.
The mounting pressure of the uterus on your bladder gives you less room to store urine at a time when your pelvic floor muscle may be being stretched by the weight of your baby. Childbirth can also lead to pelvic floor trauma.
You may notice that you leak urine when you sneeze or find it harder to hold your urine when you need to ‘go’. An assessment with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is often all you need to prevent this, making sure that you are doing the right pelvic floor exercises. Activating the correct muscles for a suitable length of time is important in maintaining a strong pelvic floor throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
Pilates based pelvic stability exercises are invaluable through pregnancy to strengthen the supporting muscles of the pelvis and ease the pressure on the pelvic floor.