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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) refers to the involuntary loss of urine. Among women, it can be very common, as it affects 30-50% of women. It most commonly appears in the second trimester of pregnancy and/or within the first 12 weeks postpartum.

The two most common types of UI is stress and urgency. Stress UI occurs when the pressure from within the bladder is greater than the structures outside that keep urine in. The most common activities that cause this are sneezing, coughing, jumping and running.These activities can cause quick contractions of the abdominal muscles, putting excess pressure on the bladder.

The second most common UI is urgency. This refers to the when feeling of needing to urinate is so strong/urgent and the woman is unable to make it to the toilet in time.

The best thing to do to address this is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Just like strengthening any other muscle, it does take time. But be reassured that it can get better.

If this is something of concern for you, book in with our physio Jasmine who will be happy to help you out!