One of the unpleasant, but not the most terrible "failures" is urinary incontinence during pregnancy. Small portions of urine are secreted spontaneously, most often with tension of abdominal muscles - with laughter, sneezing, running. For the second and especially the third trimester, the phenomenon intensifies and may persist for several months after delivery.
Why is this happening?
Urinary incontinence during pregnancy has well-founded causes, therefore should not cause a woman's anxiety. After all, this is mainly due to the weakening of the muscles of the pelvic region: from overextension, muscle tissue loses its tone, the sphincter (holding urine), the walls of the bladder, and in general all muscles relax. This occurs under the influence of hormones, as well as due to changes in internal organs in this period: the uterus is constantly increasing in size, squeezing the bladder. This not only reduces its size, but also increases the amount of urine output. In later terms, the outflow of urine can occur as a result of the blows of the children's legs over the bladder.
Doctors say that the severity of the phenomenon affects the size and position of the fetus, the physical form of the woman, the number of pregnancies in the past. At the onset of one pregnancy after another, the risk of developing urinary incontinence increases, since the muscles do not have time to recover. Although very often the problem is faced by first-rate women. Also at risk are women who gain weight during pregnancy. Prolonged delivery can lead to incontinence in the postpartum period.
What to do with incontinence?
Urinary incontinence in pregnancy is physiological, that is, normal, not requiring special treatment. But if you celebrate involuntary allocation of urine, tell your doctor about it nevertheless. For reinsurance, it is necessary to pass urine for analysis, because pregnancy is the time of exacerbation of genitourinary diseases.
If no problem is found, your actions will be reduced to hygienic care. Be sure to use daily gaskets and change clothes as soon as there is a need for it. Panties should be necessarily in size, special cut (for pregnant women) and made of natural material without irritating decorative details. Spend toilet of genitals several times a day, using hypoallergenic natural cosmetics.
Try on time and as much as possible to empty the bladder. To do this, go to the toilet as often as necessary, and when urinating, lean slightly forward, ensuring maximum opening of the urinary canals. In the end, it is recommended that you further tighten up.
To reduce involuntary discharge of urine during coughing and sneezing, open during this time mouth, to reduce pressure on the diaphragm. The following trick also helps: if you are going to sneeze or cough while standing, bend your legs slightly in your lap and lean forward. And, of course, no weight!
Already now, exercise the muscles of the perineum. Use Kegel exercises or others aimed at strengthening them, learn how to control your muscles (relax and strain them at the right time) - this is useful for you in childbirth. Do not stop doing after the birth of a child. The muscles of the perineum are the first, which you must tidy after birth. And only after that you can start strengthening the muscles of the press, not the other way around! Ask the gynecologist so that he tells you how best to deal with your case. Do not leave the question without solution, to avoid relapse and related problems in the future.
For now, just endure this temporary inconvenience. This is another "tax" for the opportunity to become a mother.