How to Properly Prepare for Postpartum Urinary Incontinence

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No part of motherhood is more glamorous than the weeks following childbirth.

I’m kidding, y’all. It’s madness.

While the postpartum period usually includes a really cute baby, it also includes a whole mess of *fun* postpartum symptoms for your body to experience. 

Just when you got rid of the morning sickness and the acid reflux, here comes the excessive vaginal bleeding, the breastfeeding struggles (if that’s how you’re feeding your little one), and—a symptom that took me by surprise—postpartum urinary incontinence.


What is Postpartum Urinary Incontinence?

In simplest terms? Bladder and/or bowel leakage that occurs after giving birth. (Fun stuff, right?)

Many pregnant women experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy AND following childbirth, so there’s a good chance that you will, as well. And that’s okay!

The key to managing postpartum urinary incontinence is to plan ahead. These three tips will help you do just that:


How to Properly Prepare for Postpartum Urinary Incontinence

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1. Do your research before birthing that baby.

One of the worst times to be researching postpartum symptoms is while you’re actually in the postpartum period. You’re body is going through a lot. You have a new baby to take care of. Not an ideal time to dive into massive amounts of research.

Learning about urinary incontinence, before you give birth, will help you feel prepared if it happens to you. Make it a point to do a quick Google search before it’s go time, or consult with a physician.


2. Stock up on the necessary supplies.

Whether you end up giving birth vaginally or via cesarean, there are a number of postpartum supplies that you will want to purchase before your little one arrives. When it comes to preparing for postpartum urinary incontinence, Prevail Bladder Control Pads are pretty much the gold standard.

As the number one ranked adult incontinence brand in U.S. healthcare*, Prevail® products feature expert innovation and high quality materials, providing a superior hygiene experience that enables men and women to live more confident and worry-free lives. Bladder Control Pads are designed with Dri-Fit cotton enhanced, odor guard, and QUICK WICK technology, which allows for optimal comfort and protection—perfect for postpartum urinary incontinence!
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3. Don’t stress out about it.

Mentally prepare yourself for the fact that your body will be behaving differently than normal after you give birth. Not everything will be pretty, but everything can be managed—even postpartum urinary incontinence. Stressing won’t help anything, so remember to properly plan ahead to reduce the anxiety that comes with the unknown.


Did you experience postpartum urinary incontinence after giving birth? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Margaret Westhoff

    Thanks for talking about the realities of the postpartum experience. I didn’t suffer from much postpartum urinary incontinence, but I know many other women who did and still do. I may recommend the Prevail pads to them.

    December 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Barry

    I had the exact opposite happen. Between the catheter from the unexpected c-section and then the pain from the surgery, I had such a hard time urinating! I was all prepared for it this go round and everything. Birth is hard!

    December 13, 2017 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Amy

    Ugh it’s so true I wish someone would have told me! It wasn’t to bad in general for me, but any cough or sneeze for a while would end badly for me. I just used regular period pads, but I’ll have to recommend these to me friends.

    December 14, 2017 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Kari

    Oh boy do I ever understand this symptom! Having babies really kicks a body in the butt.. thanks for the tips!

    December 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply samantha

    Do your kegels as soon as you get pregnant! Should be on your list. This made postpartum baby 2 and postpartum baby 3 night and day. It really made a difference, and you can do them in bed at night or before you get up in the morning. Thank you for getting real with postpartum issues. Often times these less desirable issues are not given adequate attention.

    December 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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