Following the delivery of your baby, it is common in the first 6-12weeks for women to experience some mild bladder leakage.
If you delivered your baby vaginally then the pelvic floor muscles have been stretched and possibly cut or torn during the delivery process. As a result, both the pelvic muscles and tissues will be swollen and will need time to heal. During this healing process, women can experience difficulty controlling their bladder and sometimes bowel function.
The swelling and wounded tissues can make it challenging for the pelvic floor muscles to function as they normally do. In addition, the pelvic floor muscles may have weakened during your pregnancy secondary to the weight of the baby inside your uterus.
You may be experiencing issues with getting to the toilet on time, sudden urgency to go to the toilet, leaking with a cough/sneeze/laugh or getting up from a chair, or holding in wind.
These symptoms should improve with time but if by 3-4months post-birth your symptoms have worsened or have remained unchanged then seeking the support of a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is encouraged to ensure you pelvic floor muscles return to their normal level of function. Ignoring these symptoms for too long will only place you at risk of further problems occurring in the future such as pelvic organ prolapse.
If you are experiencing symptoms of bladder and/or bowel leakage then please make contact with our Women’s Health Physiotherapist Amy and we can arrange time for an assessment and get you started on a pelvic floor management plan.
At the FITMUMs Program we are hear to help new mums with any issue big or small.
Developed by Amy LAURIE, a physiotherapist since 2009 that specilises in women's health. The FIT MUMS Physio is one of the most well-researched, comprehensive programs for women living in Melbourne, VICTORIA. Hi, I'm Amy Laurie, owner of The FIT MUMS Physio, an expert in Women's Health and a specialised Physiotherapist with expert knowledge of therapeutic exercise methods for pregnancy and the postnatal mum. I am a Mum to my two beautiful daughters Hannah (in 2016) & Chloe (in 2019) and have created my program for women so they can achieve their goals and feel more comfortable in their bodies.
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