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Incontinence - tell me i'm not the only one!

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CabbageOfShame Mon 30-Nov-15 16:03:31

I am 31 weeks pregnant with DC2, but I think my pelvic floor must still be ruined from DC1 (I keep promising myself that I'll do exercises but I never get around to it!). I have a bad cough at the moment and keep leaking. Not a huge amount but enough that I need to change my knickers (and sometimes trousers). Am making a special trip out in a bit to buy some incontinence pads sad. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

KatyN Mon 30-Nov-15 16:08:28

You're not the only one. If I get out of bed without immeadiately going for a wee I leak while making a cuppa.

Nowthereistwo Mon 30-Nov-15 16:11:17

Whilst I was pg with dc I got a bad cough which knackered my pelvic floor and took to wearing pads and making sure I never had a full bladder!

It's back to normal now and I can cough with confidence.

Buttercup27 Mon 30-Nov-15 16:11:03

Not the only one . There are some great apps that remind you to do the exercises that really helped me.

clarabellski Mon 30-Nov-15 16:11:49

You're not the only one.

And I don't even have the excuse of having previous children.

Junosmum Mon 30-Nov-15 16:58:25

First timer here and you are not alone! Really should do those exercises!

CabbageOfShame Mon 30-Nov-15 18:35:46

Thanks all! smile

Buttercup - is there an app that you'd particularly recommend please?

wallywobbles Mon 30-Nov-15 18:52:06

Remember to clench before you cough. There's a good piece of kit called kegel8 tight and tone that I bought and my mid wife uses. Probably best after birth.

We did visualization exercises which were great. Better by 1000 than kegel apps.

1 Imagine you are zipping from vag to top of pubes and down again.
2 a wave going in and out of vag. Hold wave in before releasing.
3. Elevator going up and down vag.
4 elevator going up and down bum.
5 flower opening inside and out of vag.
6 garage door rolling up and over up front of front bottom and down again slowly.

No slamming. Everything down slowly.

Tense before coughing and sneezing and blowing nose.

When doing deep breathing to breathe out too far.

originalusernamefail Mon 30-Nov-15 18:56:09

Your not the only one blush 35 weeks and still struggling with HG, every time I puke I pee! I'm not a glamorous pregnant person!

Buttercup27 Mon 30-Nov-15 18:58:24

I used kegel kat free and kegel counter. Both free from Google play . I triedclots out and these were the ones I preferred.

VagueIdeas Mon 30-Nov-15 19:00:40

Ask for a referral to a women's health physio after you have the baby. They're great and it's REALLY important to work on those weak muscles both for the sake of your continence now, and in 20 years.

CorBlimeyTrousers Mon 30-Nov-15 19:04:28

You're not alone. No problems in first pregnancy but needed the light Tena pads in second pregnancy. Back to normal straight away (DS2 is 3 months old) so I think it was just the pressure of pregnancy on my bladder. NB: I had two caesareans - not to save my pelvic floor but that may have been a silver lining!

BBLucy1891 Mon 30-Nov-15 19:05:20

I'm 33 weeks pregnant with my first and I always do my pelvic floor exercises even before I got pregnant, and guess what - they don't seem to work (for me anyway!) I got a bad cough recently for 3 weeks and I was basically incontinent. Its a lot better now the cough is gone but not 100%, especially if I sneeze. Add the incontinence to the hemorrhoids and..well, lets just say I've felt sexier...

Shirkingfromhome Mon 30-Nov-15 19:05:19

I'm 24 wks with dc2; sneezing and coughing has become a game of knicker roulette. You are definitely not alone OP! I keep trying to remember to do them when I'm brushing my teeth or washing up.

CabbageOfShame Mon 30-Nov-15 21:23:05

I have the haemorrhoids too, struggled with HG until 20ish weeks, have spd and have swollen up like a bloated whale. I've never felt so glamorous blush


Pagetta Tue 01-Dec-15 11:32:30

i'm 11 weeks and having a stinking cold and tickly cough... my pelvic floor is shot from DC1 so if i feel a cough coming i have to stop and cross my legs.
I find like with any muscles, its worse when i'm tired - so being in first trimester, with fatique, hormonal weeing, an unquenchable thirst and a tickly cough is just no fun - and very damp! You have my sympathy at 31 weeks when logistically stuff is pressing on your bladder too!
I always swear i will do my pelvic floors - i am clearly rubbish at them though! Need to step up this time!
Oh and i have haemorroids too - made worse by constipation and straining. ewwwwww.
11 weeks down, possibly 31 to go AGH!

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