What causes incontinence during and after pregnancy?

Urinary incontinence is common in women, with 1 in 3 experiencing symptoms daily. Pregnancy and child birth are the most common causes of incontinence in women, and this is generally a result of a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles responsible for bladder control.

The pelvic floor consists of layers of muscles that stretch like a supportive hammock from the pubic bone (in the front) to the end of the backbone. However, hormonal changes, pressure on the bladder from an expanding womb, and childbirth (natural or by caesarean section) can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, leaving the neck of the bladder un-supported, resulting in Stress Urinary Incontinence.

The impact of a weak pelvic floor doesn’t just extend to the bladder. Strengthening the pelvic floor can also help you overcome loss of sexual sensation (often experienced after childbirth or when the pelvic floor has lost its strength), poor posture, core strength and overall confidence and well-being.

How to treat urinary incontinence after pregnancy

Like any muscle in the body, the pelvic floor muscles need to be exercised regularly and correctly, in order to maintain its strength and control over the bladder.

Urinary incontinence symptoms tend to worsen over time if left untreated. Too many women resign to leaks thinking it’s just part of motherhood, coping for years and years with pads without treating the root cause. A weak bladder is fixable! You don’t have to put up with it.

You may have heard about your pelvic floor and the importance of strengthening it for the first time when you became pregnant. Midwives and Nurses will generally advise you to undertake pelvic floor exercises by clenching and releasing the muscles yourself as a preventative measure against leaks post birth. However, these are tricky to get right, and almost impossible if your pelvic floor is particularly weak. You also need to do hundreds of these manual contractions each day to see the benefit.

How can INNOVO help?

INNOVO takes the effort out of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles – a welcome benefit when life is so hectic as a new mum. With each session, you’ll feel your entire pelvic floor growing stronger. It’s safe, painless, highly effective and perfect for home use. And in as little as four weeks, you’ll notice fewer leaks!1

INNOVO is not recommended for use during pregnancy. However, you can begin using INNOVO six weeks after natural delivery or 12 weeks after a c-section. Consult your doctor if you have questions about using INNOVO.

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