Did you know that 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby will have trouble with incontinence?

Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem:
  • Leaking urine with cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or exercise
  • Needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
  • Constantly needling to go to the toilet
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel

Post-partum urinary incontinence is suspected to be due to a multifactorial physiological situation, with no single event identified as the major cause.

Contributing factors to post-partum incontinence:
  • Increased weight on the pelvic floor during pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor muscle injury during vaginal delivery (correlates with degree of perineal tear)
  • Large babies delivered vaginally
  • Difficult vaginal deliveries (e.g. lengthy stage 2, assisted delivery)

Prolapse of the vaginal organs can occur following child birth, but more commonly it can occur many years later, and may not be attributed to the pregnancy or delivery.

Contributing factors to vaginal prolapse:
  • Weakened pelvic floor due to pregnancy and vaginal delivery, with increased risk following difficult vaginal deliveries or larger babies
  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Smoking

If you have trouble with any of the signs listed above, don’t suffer in silence.