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Post partumui infographic (3)


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DMG Urology shares helpful tips for postpartum urinary incontinence.

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Post partumui infographic (3)

  1. 1. What is your pelvic floor? Pelvic floor muscles are the group of muscles responsible for supporting the bladder, bowel and uterus and play a key role in pushing the baby through the birth canal during labor. Bladder Bowel Uterus Pelvic floor muscles of women experience UI during pregnancy of women experience postpartum UI 50% 1/3
  2. 2. During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles go through several changes: Weakened by hormones Supporting 25-35 lbs. extra weight Stretched during labor For some women incontinence can improve on its own; typically within 3-6 months after delivery, but this is not the case for everyone.
  3. 3. Maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy and after delivery Extra weight puts extra pressure on your bladder causing leakage TIP #1 Weight Watch
  4. 4. TIP #2 Restroom Routine Empty your bladder regularly every 2-4 hours during the day Avoid constipation or straining Full bladder and bowels also add extra pressure which can lead to leakage
  5. 5. TIP #3 Swig Scrupulously Avoid drinks that may irritate your bladder and cause it to be more overactive Coffee Tea Carbonated beverages Alcohol Citrus drinks
  6. 6. TIP #4 Vaginal Exercise Pelvic floor muscle squeezing exercises, called Kegels, strengthen the muscles around the urethra. They also: Provide better bladder control Regain vaginal tone Improve sexual sensations Do 10 reps of Kegels at a time in the morning, afternoon and evening.
  7. 7. HOW TO Kegel Exercises 1 Contract your pelvic floor muscles, lifting upwards 2 Hold the contraction for a few seconds 3 Release the contraction 4 Rest and relax for a few seconds and then start again
  8. 8. These tips are just the first step in dealing with post-partum urinary incontinence and there are many treatment options available today. To schedule an appointment with a DMG Urologist, call 630-790-1221. Talk to your Doctor