Are you pregnant? Then, you must know that your baby may put a lot of pressure on your bladder and invite a condition called urinary incontinence. You will also be shocked to know that bladder issues may tend to occur during and after pregnancy. Dr. Swati Gaikwad, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune told HerZindagi that one should do Kegel exercises and even adhere to a healthy lifestyle in order to overcome this problem.
Are you unable to control your urine? If there is a constant and urgent need to urinate then you may have urinary incontinence. This problem is commonly seen during pregnancy, and your urine may also leak while you are making those constant trips to the bathroom.
Dr Swati Gaikwad, says that "common reasons behind pregnancy incontinence are baby putting stress on the bladder and also pressure is put when you sneeze or cough. Likewise, hormonal changes affect the bladder. Not only this, but you will also be surprised to know that certain medical conditions such as diabetes can also be the culprit. Another medical condition is a urinary infection where one needs to send the urine for microscopic examination to rule out a bacterial infection in the urine."
Here are some do's and don't s suggested by Gaikwad that can help in overcoming incontinence during pregnancy.
Say No To Aerated & Caffeinated Drinks
If you are one of them who loves to opt for cold drinks or even coffee then you must immediately cut down on these things. You will feel like going often to the bathroom once you opt for tea, coffee, or any other carbonated drinks. Thus, give up on them and you will see a positive change in your condition.
Do Not Consume Alcohol At Night
Do you tend to drink alcohol at night? You will have to change your habit now. Doing so is a strict no-no. Drinking alcohol can make you take a lot of trips to the bathroom.
Maintain A Diary About Your Bladder Habits
Want to practice bladder-retaining? That is re-teaching your bladder about when to hold the urine and avoid incontinence. You must write down about the triggers that cause frequent urination, about how many trips you make every day, and even when is the time you feel that urge to urinate quite often.
Opt For Kegel Exercises
If you haven’t started doing them then try them right away! These exercises are safe and help strengthen your pelvic muscles and those muscles which are responsible to hold your urine. You must hire a fitness trainer in order to learn Kegels.
Swear By A High-Fiber Diet
You will have to eat foods loaded with fiber like whole grains, legumes, apples, pears, broccoli, and peas to regulate your bowel movements during pregnancy and avoid constipation that tends to pressurise your pelvic region. Try to maintain optimum weight as that extra weight around the abdomen can pressurise your bladder.
So take care of yourself and stay tuned to HerZindagi for more tips on pregnancy.