Postpartum Urinary Incontinence: Common But Not Normal

In modern society, we talk about bladder leakage almost as if it’s part of the motherhood package; a rite of postpartum passage. In this video, Charisse Balance, a San Francisco-based pelvic floor physical therapist, shares that this doesn’t have to be the case—postpartum urinary incontinence is preventable and we need to reframe how we talk about it.

By the third trimester, an expecting mother might be carrying an additional 25-35 pounds, which, by tucking the tailbone to compensate for postural changes, drops into the pelvic floor. With simple changes to how a pregnant person stands to what you can do after birth (in France, it’s standard for a woman who has just given birth to see a pelvic floor therapist 10 times!) to minimize your experience of postpartum urinary incontinence. 

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