Medically Reviewed by Joycelyn C. Schindler, MD
Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby.
On the other hand, the hormonal changes and stretching of a woman’s body bring the prospect of post-pregnancy stress incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
One study indicated that about 25% of first-time mothers experience urinary incontinence and about 50% experience some pelvic prolapse.
“Many techniques and processes have been developed to make deliveries safe for the baby and the mother,” says McLeod Gynecologist Joycelyn Schindler, MD. “Yet, sometimes Mother Nature has different ideas, forcing us to turn a breach baby or cutting an episiotomy to aid the baby’s delivery.”
Aside from the unpredictable, most pregnant women can take action that will help them prevent or reduce pelvic dysfunctions.
There are a range of solutions, including surgery, for stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, by maintaining regular pre-natal visits and following some of the suggestions here, you can increase the possibility that after delivery you’ll only need to focus on your new baby.
Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, Office of Women’s Health, (US Dept of HHS), Journal of Prenatal Medicine, BJOG International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women’s Health Foundation