Bladder Control During Pregnancy
How Does the Bladder Work?
How Can Being Pregnant Cause Bladder Control Problems?
How Can I Control My Bladder?
- Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles as if you were trying to stop the flow of urine. Do not squeeze the muscles in your belly, legs, or buttocks.
- Hold for 5-10 seconds, then relax.
- Repeat 10-20 times.
- Try to do at least 3 sets per day.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/
Women's Health.gov http://www.womenshealth.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. What I need to know about bladder control for women. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/bcw%5Fez/#cause . Updated March 28, 2012. Accessed July 7, 2012.
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3/5/2013 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Boyle R, Hay-Smith EJ, Cody JD, et al. Pelvic floor muscle training for prevention and treatment of urinary and faecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Oct 17;10:CD007471.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2010 -
- Update Date: 07/07/2012 -