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Hey ladies! I'm pretty new here to JM so you may not have seen me around yet. But, I have a question and I figure a place like this is the best place to ask it.
Have any of you had problems with urine leakage after delivery? When I had my son, I had a lot of tearing (not sure if that has anything to do with anything lol) and it also took me a long time (over 24 hours) to urinate by myself after delivery. I had a normal vaginal delivery, but I did have an epi. When I was finally able to urinate on my own (I was using a catheter until that point), I had to strain as if I was bearing down to push or having a bowel movement. For almost 2 weeks post delivery, I had to continue to strain to start the urine flow.
My son is almost 2 and ever since then I have experienced a problem with slight leakage. At first, I wasn't even sure what it was. I mean, you have a baby for the first time and you have no idea really what goes on down there. lol. It's not at all like I "pee my pants" by any means and I never feel anything come out. Nothing like sneezing or coughing seems to trigger it. But, I just know that it dampens/darkens my panties and I usually wear a panty liner to avoid this.
I was really embarrassed to talk about it and I haven't had much luck with feeling comfortable with military docs, so I kept putting it off. I hate it because I'm only 23, I feel like I shouldn't be having this problem and it's certainly not something I want to live with the rest of my life. It makes me really self-conscious because I feel like I'm never 100% clean or fresh down there and it worries me when I'm being intimate with my husband because if I notice it, I'm sure he does too.
Ever since being pregnant with this baby, the problem has gotten worse. The strain to begin the urine flow has come back (not all the time but on occasion) and I constantly have to wear a liner. I asked my OB here about it (I have a civilian doc right now because I'm currently staying at home while hubs is deployed) and she said that it's probably just from the muscles getting weak and that I should do kegals and assess it after this delivery. I'm just worried that after another delivery, it's going to be worse and I'm not sure how much kegals are going to do.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, have kegals helped or was there something else you were able to do? Thanks for all the input! I feel so lost and embarrassed with this.
This happens to a lot of women after delivery - at least the leakage part. The straining to go I'm not so sure about. I remember after I had Dalton I had to convince myself to go because it did sting. But as far as the leakage, kegels can definitely help with that. You should start out with basic kegels (just try to stop the flow of urine and repeat that move), and you can move into more advanced kegels that will help even more.
It can happen, yes. I haven't personally had that problem, but I know women who have had. You should do kegals every day a few times a day. If you have a Andriod or Droid phone there is a free kegal app which I love. You shouldn't strain though. If you have problems with that you should see your Doctor.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
Thank you girls so much! I checked out the kegal challenge and I'm totally starting it tomorrow.
I did ask my doc about the straining and she said it could be because the baby is pressing on my bladder in a weird way. I'm not sure..she said if I notice it gets worse or it doesn't go away post-pregnancy I need to see a urologist.