Pregnancy blog by Tommy’s midwife Amina, 27/04/2018
Mum to four boys, Danielle Lloyd was on the This Morning sofa earlier this week talking about the typically taboo topic – postpartum bladder weakness.
‘I get really bad hay fever, so doing the school run, I’m sneezing, and by the time I’ve got there I can’t get out of the car!’
Like many women, she has struggled with incontinence after giving birth to her second baby. Speaking frankly, she explained how certain activities at the gym were a complete no-go because she was afraid she might wet herself.
‘I had to say to my personal trainer “I can’t do that because I might wet myself”. It gets embarrassing.’
Despite admitting to feeling embarrassed by the problem, Danielle spoke freely about how much it changed her life.
If you’re worried about bladder weakness after birth
Hormonal changes during pregnancy, the weight of a growing baby and giving birth will all weaken the pelvic floor. Unfortunately, bladder weakness is something that we, as mums, often laugh off and take as just another thing we have to put up with after birth. But there are things you can do to mitigate the problem.
For example, I always advise women to start doing pelvic floor exercises as soon as they feel ready to after birth. A good time to do it is during breastfeeding – you’ll soon get into the habit and won’t even think about it.
Your midwife should come to visit you at around two weeks after birth, which can be a good time to bring it up. And if you’re still having trouble when it comes to your six week check, speak to your doctor about it. Often they can refer you to a specialist.
Please don’t be embarrassed because it happens to just about everyone. But it’s not something you have to suffer through or ‘get on with’, there’s help available.
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