Pregnancy changes a lot of things, including the way your body functions. Heartburn, nausea, and general discomfort become part of your daily life, albeit temporarily. And while you may look forward to the day your baby is born and your body "snaps back" to its previous working order, it takes time to physically recover from childbirth. Take, for example, urinary control. Incontinence after labor and delivery isn't atypical, and there are a few ways to stop uncontrollable pee after having a babyif you're willing to do the work.
According to the National Association for Incontinence, urinary incontinence affects 25 million adults in the United States alone, and 75-80 percent of those adults are women. If you want to stop uncontrollably peeing after having a baby, Missy Lavender, founder of the Women's Health Foundation, a nonprofit group that educates women about pelvic health, tells Fit Pregnancy to, "Kegel immediately, right in your hospital bed." Kegels, which help keep pelvic muscles strong and have been known to combat urinary incontinence, may not be enough on their own, though. An enlarged uterus and postpartum hormones can be stronger than the pelvic exercise itself. But even taking a few minutes to do this one, small thing can at least minimize that urgent feeling of needing to pee and, hopefully, the frequency of small accidents.
In addition to Kegel exercises, here are some other steps you can take to put an end to urinary incontinence: