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The Great Childbirth Taboo: Incontinence After Birth

Create: 06/29/2017 - 06:10

The arrival of a longed-for first baby is one of the happiest events in a woman’s life. But for some mothers, birth is so physically and emotionally traumatic, it casts a life-long shadow.
 
The research revealed that a third (33%) of those who developed urinary incontinence after childbirth were embarrassed to discuss it with their partner, and almost a half (46%) were uncomfortable talking about it with friends.
 
The consequences of not seeking help can be devastating. It can leave women feeling lonely and isolated, affect relationships and careers, and prevent them exercising or having sex.
 
Fortunately, most cases of urinary incontinence can be treated without drugs or surgery through exercises that improve the strength of pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor exercises are easy to do anywhere and women should aim to do at least three sets per day.