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Help With Urination After Giving Birth


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For the first while after giving birth it may be difficult to pee. You may also find it hard to tell when your bladder's full.  

Here's some advice that can help.

Try to pee at regular times. This will prevent your bladder from getting too full.

If it's hard to start peeing, or if it stings, pour warm water over your perineum or pee in the shower.

You may have some leakage of urine for up to three months and sometimes longer after your baby is born. This is called urinary incontinence. A cough, sneeze, laugh, or physical activity, such as jumping on a trampoline can make this happen. Doing pelvic strengthening exercises (Kegels) can help to control urine leakage. For most women, this gradually improves. 

Resources & Links: 

HealthLink BC: Urinary Incontinence in Women

Last Updated: August 10, 2013