One of the comments to a recent post asked about an aspect of pregnancy new to me: Incontinence. Specifically, one of our readers wrote,
"I am 12 weeks pregnant and just experienced incontinence. Is this going to continue? Will I have to wear a diaper? LOL!"
Before receiving this question I had been under the (mistaken) impression that incontinence was something that occurred post-delivery, but that those of us who continued with our Keel exercises might avoid it altogether. Clearly, I needed an expert to set the record straight. Once again, I turned to Dr. Dana Jacoby.
Dr. Jacoby explained that, during pregnancy, progesterone increases the relaxation of the muscles and the pressure of the pregnant uterus causes anatomic changes - all of which results in this all-too common, pregnancy-related issue. There is good news though: He confirmed that Kegel exercises may help and that the problem should resolve itself after your pregnancy.
My suggestion? Definitely share your concern with your health care provider and start wearing unscented panty liners (which you might have needed anyway because of another lovely pregnancy perk: vaginal discharge).
Thanks for your question! I'm betting there are other soon-to-be Moms out there with the same concern, uncertain what to do, and relieved to know they're not alone.
Note: The information provided here is not meant to replace a visit to your health care provider. He or she knows you, and your medical history, better than anyone. We strongly encourage you to speak with your health care professional about your particular health concerns.