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
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.
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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