How can loss of bladder control due to pregnancy or childbirth be prevented?

Labor and vaginal delivery have an impact on the pelvic floor muscles and nerves that affect bladder control, so you should discuss your options with your health care provider.

Cesarean sections are associated with a lower risk of incontinence or pelvic prolapse than vaginal deliveries, but they may present other risks. Large babies who weigh more than nine pounds at birth may increase the risk of nerve damage during delivery.

Exercising pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises can help prevent bladder control problems.

Bladder control problems might show up months or even years after childbirth. Talk to your health care team if this happens to you.

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