The female body goes through a million wonderful, crazy
and mysterious changes during
As your baby grows, it puts pressure on your bladder, so a
sneeze, cough or even
a hearty laugh can tip the scales for
you to experience bladder control loss.
Light urinary leakage is a common condition while pregnant.
Firstly during pregnancy, your body requires more blood and nutrients than usual.
This is why pregnant women have strange cravings. However, it also means you get
thirsty, so drink more. For some pregnant women, the hormones racing around in your
body can slightly change the signals from your bladder to brain, and the urgent
feeling can come on very quickly. With a full bladder from drinking the extra fluid,
light urinary leakage can often occur.
Most pregnant women experience light urinary leakage in the third trimester, when
the baby has grown so much they are pressed up against your bladder. This not only
puts more pressure on it, but also reduces the amount of urine the bladder can hold,
making you want to urinate more often. All the extra weight pressing down on your
pelvic floor muscles weakens them, so consequently, bladder control loss happens.
Be sure to talk to your doctor or health care professional as they will help you
to control and manage your light urinary leakage appropriately during your pregnancy.
See our Poise® Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips below to help pregnant women manage
and control their Light urinary leakage.
Nutrition & Lifestyle Tips
Keep up your fluids
It might seem annoying to go to the toilet every half hour, but concentrated urine
can irritate the bladder and make things worse. However, don’t go to the toilet
“just in case” or every time you get the urge – try to hold on and increase your
Try rocking back and forth on the toilet when emptying your bladder. This helps
move the pressure of the baby off the bladder so it can empty properly, this will
help reduce how often you need to go.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises performed throughout pregnancy results in more bladder control
and can also help during labour. Keeping up with your pelvic floor exercises will
also speed up your recovery post birth.
Try perineal massage around week 34 of your pregnancy. Your perineum (tissues and
the pelvic floor muscle between your vagina and anus) can tear or have to be cut
during the crowning of the baby’s head. The less of a tear or cut, the more chance
the pelvic floor can repair and heal back to its original condition.
How much weight are you really gaining?
The weight of pregnancy can have a serious impact on your bladder and the supporting
muscles of the pelvic floor. As well as the baby’s growth, the fluctuating hormone
levels of pregnancy also contribute to weight gain, so keep an eye on how baby and
you are growing so there won’t be as many kilos to lose when he or she arrives.
Certain foods and drinks can irritate bladders. Citrus fruits, tomatoes or hot spices
may have this effect on you. Try keeping a bladder diary to see which ones may be
affecting your light urinary leakage.
Get more fibre
With a growing baby, constipation can become a common pregnancy condition. If you
are straining your pelvic floor muscles to empty your bowels, this can have a very
damaging effect and bring on light urinary leakage. Increasing the amount of fibre
in your diet can reduce the likelihood of constipation. Fresh fruit and vegetables
are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which is important for a healthy bowel.