How pregnancy can affect your bladder

What to expect when expecting

Being pregnant can be a joyful time. Waiting and planning for a family member to be is exciting and even exhilarating. But we shouldn’t be scared to touch upon the more inconvenient sides of growing another human being inside your body. For example, the baby doesn’t let your inner organs keep her or him from growing. “All that stuff” simply has to move to make way. And your little bundle of joy will not show any respect for your bladder when it starts to kick, resulting in feeling the urge to use the toilet many times. 
The extra weight carried during pregnancy can put pressure on your pelvic floor muscles, ligaments and bladder. 
During pregnancy, hormones are released that affect the tissue and the muscles in the body, allowing it to expand as the baby grows. This allows the muscles in the pelvic floor to become softer and smoother to ease childbirth. This can make it harder for the muscles and ligaments to hold the pelvic floor organs in place. And after childbirth, leaks may keep occurring, because giving birth weakens the pelvic floor muscles which can cause stress urinary incontinence. Many women who experience pregnancy-related incontinence find that Kegel exercises really make a difference for them.

How to deal with incontinence during pregnancy and after childbirth

It’s common for women to experience bladder weakness (or incontinence) during pregnancy and – in fact, research shows one in three women over 35 will experience incontinence and mums experience more symptoms than at any other life stage**.
TENA is here to help you navigate your pregnancy and post-partum journey, with practical advice for pregnancy and post-partum incontinence
We have a huge range of products designed to support you – check out the full range here and you can also order samples. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t find the right product for you.    

**Global resaearch (FR, UK, MX, CO) Kitchen8, January 2021