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