What happens to your bladder after delivery?
The pelvic floor—the set of muscles supporting the bladder, bowel, and uterus—can stretch and become weaker during pregnancy, vaginal delivery, or C-section delivery. When the pelvic muscles don’t work well enough to support the bladder, you are vulnerable to leakage.
When the pelvic floor weakens, the risk of urinary leakage increases. Over half of women experience leakage at some point in their lives1, but it’s possible to reduce the risk of leakage by strengthening the pelvic floor.
How can you combat these issues?
Like any muscle, the best way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles is to exercise and tone it. It’s important to educate yourself on the right way to work out your pelvic floor muscles, because exercising them incorrectly can actually make things worse.
We’re pretty huge fans of leva—a unique way to train and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles postpartum. Paired with a digital health app, you get an individualized view of vaginal movement caused by lifting your pelvic floor muscles. With leva’s help, you can track your progress and make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly and consistently.
Can I start training my pelvic floor right now?
It’s always best to check with your provider before starting a course of exercise during pregnancy. You can start using leva postpartum, so it’s a great idea to buy it now before you get busy. We all know what’s going to happen to lingering to-do list items after your bundle of joy enters the world and fills up your calendar!
Having a strong pelvic floor is important no matter your stage of life. There are so many components of aging that are exciting—grey hair is trendy again?—but there are a few that aren’t quite as stylish. Leakage becomes a bigger problem for many women as they age, so leva will be there to help you train your pelvic floor muscles not only postpartum but in the years to come.
1 Markland, A. D., Richter, H. E., Fwu, C. W., Eggers, P., & Kusek, J. W. (2011). Prevalence and Trends of Urinary Incontinence in Adults in the United States, 2001 to 2008. The Journal of Urology, 186(2), 589-93.
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