Help, my baby’s born but my body keeps changing!

Help, my baby’s born but my body keeps changing!

Sometimes after giving birth, you body can do things you might not have expected

So you’ve had the baby and you can’t wait for your body to go back to normal. Except it’s not! For a start there’s the bleeding. Then there’s the fact you may find yourself experiencing sensitive bladder problems.

How to deal with postnatal bleeding (lochia)

After childbirth you’ll experience a flow called lochia. This flow is the blood and tissue that lined your uterus. This will be the case whether you have a vaginal or Caesarean delivery.

The colour of the lochia flow changes over time. It's red for the first three to four days, before turning into a pink-brown flow. The amount of lochia flow usually tails off with time, getting lighter around the third week after delivery.

If you pass large clots, tell your doctor, as this may be a sign of a possible issue. Also, keep the sanitary pad containing the clot because your doctor may want to examine it.

A sensitive bladder

Stress incontinence is one type of sensitive bladder problem. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause stress incontinence because of the strain they cause to the pelvic floor.

Women with stress incontinence feel an uncontrolled leaking of small amounts of urine when they laugh or sneeze.


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How do you know if you have a sensitive bladder?

You probably have a sensitive bladder if you have some of the following symptoms:

  • Going to the toilet more than 10 times a day
  • Experiencing little leaks when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise
  • Experiencing little leaks and/or reduced sensitivity during sex
  • Frequently having to go to the toilet during the night

Tips for tackling a sensitive bladder

There are some simple things you can do to reduce the symptoms of a sensitive bladder:

  • Watch what you drink
    Drink plenty of water (filtered tap water is best), instead of fizzy, carbonated and sugary drinks. Switch to decaffeinated coffee or tea. Opt for non-alcoholic or low-alcohol drinks – for example, a wine spritzer is better than a glass of wine.
  • Watch what you eat
    A high-fibre diet will support healthy digestion and could reduce pressure on your bladder.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
    Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles daily with specific exercises and learn to contract these muscles when you need them the most, such as when coughing and laughing.
  • Try pantyliners
    To make sure you feel fresh and clean all day, you can also use panty liners specifically designed for sensitive bladders, such as Always Discreet.

What surprised you about your post-pregnancy body?

And do you have any tips that could help other women? Or just things you wish you’d known?

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