During the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on a urology elective, and I have seen soooo many patients with urinary incontinence, so I’ve been thinking about it A LOT.
I don’t know how many of you had issues with urinary incontinence during your first pregnancy - I definitely did. I tried to do pelvic floor exercises to strengthen my pelvic muscles, but almost every day in my third trimester, I managed to leak urine when laughing, sneezing, or coughing, and I frequently was running to the bathroom, hunched over, hoping that I would make it. I know some of you know what I’m talking about ;)
Now, I am pregnant again (I know, I know, I haven’t told you yet - that is for another post), and, although I am just in the early second trimester, I am already having worsening incontinence. I say, “worsening,” because I continued to have mild stress incontinence even after my first pregnancy. As someone in my mid-to-late 20s, this has been difficult to accept.
The worst part is that I feel as if there is little that I can do. Sure, I can do my Kegels every day, I have adopted a voiding schedule that is q2-3 hours (which kind of interrupts work), and I have eliminated caffeine from my diet, but I fear the future. Based on what I have seen in the urology clinic, it seems that I may be doomed to be incontinent. Any other mothers with urinary incontinence out there? How do you deal with it?