Just How Common is Incontinence After Childbirth?

April 25, 2018

Just How Common is Incontinence After Childbirth?

Just How Common is Incontinence After Childbirth?

Congratulations are in order -  You are about to become a mom! Being pregnant is such an exciting time in your life, but your body is about to go through some immense changes. These changes will start from the day of conception and last until well after your baby is born.

Your Pregnancy Symptoms Week by Week - This is a great read to learn all about the changes your body will undergo through every stage of pregnancy.

Unfortunately, some of those changes during pregnancy will cause lingering issues like urinary incontinence. There are different types of incontinence that may affect you following pregnancy, including urge incontinence, stress incontinence, overflow incontinence and total incontinence.

There are many factors that can increase your chances of experiencing some form of incontinence due to childbirth:

  • Vaginal Birth can take a major toll on your pelvic muscles and nerves. Damage is usually temporary and rarely results in total incontinence.
  • Forceps can cause incontinence due to an injury of the pelvic nerves or muscles.

Stress related incontinence from childbirth is one of the most common types of incontinence. The weakening or damage to the pelvic floor and pelvic muscles will cause issues with controlling urination.

How Common is Incontinence After Childbirth

The National Childbirth Trust reports that  almost half of women experience urinary incontinence.

Baby Centre reports that “Around 1/3 of women will experience urinary incontinence in the first year after having their baby.”


Your doctor will likely recommend you do some exercise to help tighten up your pelvic floor.



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