How to Control Your Bladder Again After Labor

Pregnancy and labor make a woman’s body go through extremes. It’s amazing how it copes with such hard work to make an amazing wonder happen – a new life be brought into this world. Of course, her body needs to recover after this. Her muscle and tissues require extreme stretching to let the baby come out and until they are recovered, she may have quite a tough time.

A Very Delicate Problem Indeed

Among the numerous discomforts of the recovery period are problems with urination. A woman may feel no urge or constant urge, pain or even incontinence. This happens because her pelvic muscles were stretched and her bladder lost its tonus. Here are some possible problems and ways to solve them.

No urge

Sometimes a woman just doesn’t feel the urge to urinate, even if her bladder is full. This happens because the uterus stops pressing on it and it loses its tonus. This makes it swell, increase in size and collect the fluid. It can also lose its sensitivity due to muscle spasms, the action of painkillers or fear to go through that pain again. It will pass with time, as the tonus of the bladder returns, but at the beginning, you’ll have to remind yourself to go to the toilet.

Urinary incontinence

This is the opposite problem coming from the lack of bladder’s tonus. Pelvic muscles get stretched and weakened. Not enough pressure over the bladder doesn’t let it fully close. Any abdominal tension can cause urine to leak. Kegel’s exercises can be helpful but if your urinary incontinence is too intense, consult your gyno.

Frequent urge

In the first days after labor, you may feel a frequent urge to urinate because your body wants to get rid of the excess fluid. But if you always want to urinate but the amount of urine is very small, consult your doctor. It may be the symptom of bladder or urethral inflammation.

Painful urination

Usually, it burns and hurts when the urine contacts with fresh postpartum wounds or unhealed stitches. You can avoid that contact by urinating in a shower in a standing position (and the environment will be thankful for this).

How to Help Your Bladder Restore

  • Try to urinate as soon as you can after labor – it will help the uterus constrict and protect your urinary tract from infection (ask the clinic staff for help if you can’t do it yourself)

  • Be sure you’re well hydrated (even if you’re breastfeeding – your bladder needs to be trained)

  • Force it to work – even if you don’t want to, you should urinate every 2 hours

  • Be physically active – this stimulates the work of your bladder and bowel

  • Do the Kegel exercises

  • Avoid food and drinks that irritate your bladder – coffee, spicy, smoked and fermented foods

Ask for a Doctor’s Help in the Following Cases

  • You feel pain even if the stitches are healed completely

  • You feel a frequent urge to urinate, but the amount of urine is very small

  • The urine is muddy and smells weird

  • Your body temperature is higher than normal

These can be symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Don’t hesitate to ask for diagnostics and treatment if nothing helped to restore your bladder’s proper function.

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