What to know so you can prepare for the unexpected
It’s no surprise that a pregnancy stereotype is that pregnant woman have to pee so often. As your baby grows, and the uterus expands, pressure is put on your pelvic muscles. One in three women, in their first pregnancy will experience an unexpected leak by the third trimester. Even after birth, seven percent of women will experience leakage because pregnancy and delivery creates a decline in your ability to control the muscles that support the (pelvic) region.
To prevent leakage, perform Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles throughout your pregnancy.
Kegel exercises can be done anywhere and should be done frequently to assure success.
To do Kegel exercises squeeze the same muscles you would use to stop yourself from peeing. Hold the squeeze for three seconds, and relax for three seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times per session, and try to do three or more sessions a day. The more you do, the stronger your pelvic floor muscles will be!
For many women, the unexpected leak goes away naturally during healing after giving birth. If you are still experiencing leakage three to six months after birth, you can try to enhance your at-home treatment by minimizing caffeinated or fizzy drinks. You can also try to avoid constipation, by eating extra fiber.
If leakage persists, speak to your healthcare provider and use the TENA® proven personal care system. TENA® pads are so absorbent they can stand up to the twist. That’s what we call the fearless protection of TENA Technology™.