I Think I Just Peed a Little…

Catie Mehl Education, Life, Postpartum 2 Comments

This is a common line said by mothers (sometimes in our head and sometimes out loud). As a culture, it seems like we’re conditioned to think that it is normal to urinate a little bit when laughing, coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping, or running once a woman has had a baby.

I have a secret for you…while it may be “normal” for women to experience these things, it doesn’t have to be. You can live a life free of bladder leakage and when the problem is treated early in motherhood you can prevent it from getting worse or causing other complications (like bladder and uterine prolapse).

We frequently encourage our clients to see a physical therapist who is a “Women’s Certified Specialist” (WCS) as these PTs have special training and qualifications that make them the best in the PT world for treating these issues. You can find a WCS PT by using the Find a PT feature on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health.

Our favorite Columbus area WCS, Carina Siracusa with OhioHealth, encourages anyone who experienced the following to get checked out by your local WCS:

  • Any type of bladder leakage by 6 weeks after giving birth
  • Gave birth to a 9+ pound baby
  • Pushed for longer than 2 hours
  • Had a 2nd-4th-degree tear or episiotomy
  • Had a cesarean birth
Seeking the care of a WCS PT if you experienced any of the above can minimize the long term effects these have on our bodies as well as improve your quality of life (including our sex lives!) for years to come!

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