Your Best Guide To Preventing Incontinence In Pregnancy

Those of us of a certain age are familiar with the challenges that urinary incontinence can bring. Generally, it is something that affects those of us who have had children and there is a definite link between pregnancy and incontinence.

pregnancy and incontinence - woman holding a baby

Incontinence can be a great source of social embarrassment and it’s good to know there are plenty of products out there that can help us to manage this condition.  It is, of course, always better to try to prevent these things in the first place but in all honesty, not all of us can.  Our overall health, weight and our experiences during pregnancy all play a role.

This infographic from Hartmann Direct explains that incontinence can begin in pregnancy and suggests ways in which it can be managed both during pregnancy and afterwards.

The number one piece of advice I remember being given by my midwife and, later, by my health visitor was “do your pelvic floor exercises“!  Years later, and much wiser on the subject of pelvic floor health, I would advise you (if budget allows) to visit a Women’s Health Physio for more tailored advice both before and after the birth.  Some of us carry tension in our pelvic floors which can actually be made worse by Kegels.  I’m not a doctor so I urge you to do your research and ask as many questions as you can.

And, as with all health conditions, watching what you eat and drink can pay huge dividends.  Did you know, for example, that cola can be a bladder irritant?  Things improved greatly when I managed to kick my two can a day diet coke habit!

Remember you are not alone and there are things you can do so please don’t suffer in silence.

For advice on a related problem, the irritation that is haemorrhoids or piles, there’s some great advice on dealing with them here.

Do you have any strategies for avoiding or coping with incontinence? How has it affected your life?


  1. 16 January, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Hmmm, this isn’t something I’ve personally gone through, so my views are only as a bystander – but I know a few women who have suffered while pregnant, so it’s great that you’re raising awareness of this issue, so less people are embarrassed by it x

  2. Elise Ho
    15 January, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Great tips. I also suggest starting pelvic floor exercises at a young age even if never planning to get pregnant.

  3. 15 January, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Not something I’ve gone through yet, but I can only imagine what it must be like! Great advice.

  4. Baby Isabella
    12 January, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Great tips to help with the condition. Its a shame its such a hush hush subject as well 🙁

  5. 12 January, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    I try to do pelvic floor muscle exercises regularly so that I’m prepped by the time I become a mum haha!

  6. 12 January, 2018 / 1:01 am

    I’ve had two children and after my second pregnancy I was terrified that I’d have some incontenance issues. Luckily I didn’t but I know a lot of mothers who take their lives in their hands every time they step on a bouncy castle!

  7. Emma Dean
    11 January, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Wow I knew about coke being an irritant (still can’t stop drinking the stuff though), but I had no idea about the chocolate! xo

  8. 11 January, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Some really sound advice for those that require this – really informative and a lot of info all in one place x

  9. 11 January, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Gosh, do not suffer in silence! There are so many options if you suffer from incontinence!

  10. Jemma+@+Celery+and+Cupcakes
    11 January, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    This infographic is really useful information. I found swimming really helped during pregnancy.

  11. 11 January, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Such an interesting infographic! I was quite lucky to not suffer during pregnancy. I certainly didn’t know you should avoid chocolate!

  12. 11 January, 2018 / 10:45 am

    I haven’t had kids so I can’t comment from experience but I do think it’s a topic which isn’t talked about a much considering how many people probably suffer from it x

  13. 11 January, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Excellent information. I had terrible incontinence during pregnancy and my midwife told me about pelvic floor exercises but I actually had no idea that things like spicy foods and cola could be a problem.

    • linda
      11 January, 2018 / 10:03 am

      I definitely find diet coke makes me worse. I used to have a two can a day habit which luckily I’ve managed to stop.

  14. 10 January, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    It is always good to know you aren’t alone when it comes to this sort of thing. I like the fact there are ways to help you through this period as well.

  15. Mayah Camara
    10 January, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I’ve never been pregnant so I can’t say I know anything about this but I can only imagine how hard it is to cope when you’re caught short! Very informative post!

  16. Joanna
    10 January, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I had no idea that there are so many women who suffer from incontinence in and after pregnancy. The infographic is very insightful.

  17. Rebecca
    10 January, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I didn’t know that chocolate could make it worse! Thankfully mine seems to have gone away with time since my pregnancy!

  18. 10 January, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Wish I knew this when I was pregnant as always wondered why. This is a great and elaborate explanation.

  19. Margaret Gallagher
    4 December, 2017 / 10:15 am

    So many people suffer unnecessarily – self care and talking to specialists always help

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