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Urinary Incontinence in Pregnancy
General Gynaecology Obstetrics 

As an obstetrician, I’ve witnessed the myriad of challenges that come with the beautiful journey of pregnancy. Among these challenges, urinary frequency and incontinence are often overlooked but commonly experienced. It’s crucial to empower expectant mothers with knowledge and solutions to navigate these issues gracefully.

During pregnancy, the body undergoes significant changes. Hormonal fluctuations and the increasing size of the uterus can put pressure on the bladder, resulting in a heightened urge to urinate. As pregnancy progresses, the added weight of the baby can exacerbate these symptoms, leading to episodes of incontinence, particularly during activities like sneezing, laughing, or exercising.

To tackle these challenges, here are some tips and tricks:

  1. Stay Hydrated: It may sound counterintuitive, but drinking enough water helps dilute urine, reducing both frequency and the risk of urinary tract infections.
  2. Empty Bladder Completely: When urinating, leaning forward slightly ensures the bladder is fully emptied, potentially reducing the need for frequent bathroom visits.
  3. Regular Kegel Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through Kegel exercises can significantly aid in managing incontinence. Consult with your obstetrician or a physical therapist to learn the correct technique.
  4. Wear Panty Liners: Panty liners can be a lifesaver for unexpected leaks, providing protection and keeping you dry.
  5. Avoid Caffeine: Limiting caffeinated beverages is essential as they can act as diuretics, increasing the urge to urinate.
  6. Plan Ahead: Before heading out, familiarize yourself with restroom locations to alleviate anxiety about potential frequent trips.

While urinary frequency and occasional incontinence are normal during pregnancy, certain symptoms warrant medical attention, such as a burning sensation while urinating, cloudy, dark, or bloody urine, sudden strong urges to urinate, or feeling like the bladder isn’t emptying completely. These could indicate a urinary tract infection or other conditions requiring prompt treatment.

Although urinary challenges during pregnancy may cause mild embarrassment, they are a common part of the journey. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are numerous ways to manage and alleviate these symptoms. Embrace every aspect of your pregnancy, seek guidance when needed, and celebrate the resilience of your body.

Your well-being during pregnancy is paramount. If you have concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we’ll ensure your journey is as comfortable and joyful as possible.

 

You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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