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Pregnancy and childbirth can affect bladder control, but don't panic. Some people lose bladder control after pregnancy, and bladder problems typically go away by themselves. The added weight and pressure of the baby during pregnancy can weaken pelvic floor muscles, but these can be strengthened with certain exercises. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about pregnancy and bladder problems.

Pregnancy and Bladder Problems: An Overview

Pregnancy and childbirth can affect bladder control, but don't panic. If you lose bladder control after childbirth, the problem often goes away by itself. Your muscles may just need time to recover.

Pregnancy and Bladder Problems: How Long to Wait

If you still have a problem after 6 weeks, talk to your doctor. Without treatment, lost bladder control can become a long-term problem. Accidental leaking can also signal that something else is wrong in your body.
Bladder control problems do not always show up right after childbirth. Some women do not begin to have problems until later, often in their 40's.
You and your healthcare professional must first find out why you have lost bladder control. Then you can discuss treatment.
After treatment, most women regain or improve their bladder control. Regaining control helps you enjoy a healthier and happier life.

Preventing Bladder Problems With Pregnancy

Women who exercise certain pelvic muscles typically have fewer bladder problems later on. These muscles are called pelvic floor muscles. If you plan to have a baby, talk to your doctor. Ask if you should do pelvic floor exercises. Exercises after childbirth can also help prevent bladder problems in middle age. Ask your healthcare professional how to do pelvic exercises.
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