I am currently 8 days overdue with DC2 and already know I will have this problem after birth (I have been using super-sized TENAlady for weeks already). The midwives have said I must get help from the physiotherapy department at local hospital after the birth, as there are options to make this go away.
Can you be referred by your midwife or does it have to be a GP?
dripdripdrip I have just recently had my check up at 12 weeks following a 3rd degree tear with the combined physio clinic at the hospital. They ask lots of questions about bladder & bowel and do an examine (embarrassing but worthwhile) . Do you get anything like that?
She did say it could take a few months after a tear like that for your pelvic floors to be strong again.
Thankfully I've not had that problem but if I did there is a referral army system in place for it to be investigated.
I think what I'm trying to say is if it still persists there are things that can be done so do ask.
I have this (after far less difficult birth - forceps and episiotomy) but it is only small amounts and the leakage is not when I cough or sneeze etc, just random. Pelvic floor exercises don't seem to make any difference - I am not sure they are even affecting the relevant muscles as I can't feel that area clenching when I do them (sorry if a bit graphic!). I am off to the gp for my 6 week check so will be asking for help. Will report back!
Gave birth over a month ago, baby was well over 9lbs, had a 3rd degree tear which was stiched up in theatre and by all acounts (well accoding to the mws) seems to have healed well.
Up until last week I had lochia- but then it changed colour and smell and I realised that what I thought was lochia was urine. I leak throughout the day, really small amounts but enough to warrant changing my pad and smelly too. I feel constantly damp. I am super paranoid esecially about the smell. I have been doing my pelvic floors since the birth, however I am worried that I will have to live with this forever as it doesn't seem to be getting better and also doesn't seem to be a pattern or partiularlar trigger that sets off the leaking. I have been reading about stress incontinence but not sure if this is what it is. Has anyone else hadf this? does it get better?