You’re pregnant: our tips for dealing with your changing body

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Becoming a mum is an incredibly exciting time, but with dozens of changes happening to your body, it can be a little daunting too. Don’t worry. Here are a few useful tips that can help you smooth the way.

You’re pregnant, congratulations! Here’s how to deal with one of the changes of your body: a sensitive bladder in pregnancy.

How will I know?

You will recognize the following symptoms:

•          Going to the toilet more frequently than what you would consider normal

•          Experiencing little leaks when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise

•          Experiencing little leaks and/or reduced sensitivity, or feeling, during sex

•          Having to go to the toilet during the night

•          Bedwetting or leaking urine while sleeping

•          Painful urination

Why is that happening?

The pelvic floor is one of the muscle groups in the body, providing support for your bladder, intestines and uterus. Pregnancy, childbirth or age have the effect of weakening these muscles, and possibly cause the pelvic organs to sag out of place. As a result, if your pelvic floor is too weak, it can result in a sensitive bladder in pregnancy.

What can I do about sensitive bladder in pregnancy?

The vast majority of women be helped through some simple daily steps:

• Choose a discreet but specialist liner such as Always ProFresh

• Do pelvic floor exercises every day. Learn how to build up your pelvic muscles.

• Try relaxation techniques

• Drink lots of water (filtered tap water is best)

If you have any specific questions or doubts – and especially if you are in pain – please consult your doctor.

How long will it last?

Unfortunately, many women continue to experience leaks after childbirth. A weakened pelvic floor, which is common after pregnancy, can result in stress incontinence – when a little urine escapes on coughing, sneezing, laughing or otherwise exerting yourself. For help, read Help, baby’s born but my body keeps changing!. But don’t worry; it will all go back to normal once your pelvic floor muscles have been strengthened.

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