Prevent Incontinence With These Tips

(Originally Posted on Aug 12, 2015)

It can be embarrassing when you suffer from urinary incontinence. Trying to hold back a cough or sneeze can be agony, and once it is released, the muscles in your bladder don’t have the strength to prevent an accident. However, there are ways to minimize the symptoms, or prevent incontinence from ever happening. Whether you have just had a baby, or with age you have lost control of your bladder, here are a few methods you can apply to your daily life to help.

Maintain a healthy weight

A healthy weight is always applicable when trying to prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and more. Incontinence is no different. The more weight you carry, the more pressure is going to be applied on your bladder. You want to eat fruits and vegetables that help keep your body clean. Be mindful of how much liquid you are drinking. It’s important that you don’t drink too much, or too little. Talk to your doctor about the best liquids to drink, and how often you should be consuming them.

Do pelvic exercises

Kegel exercises can be done by squeezing the muscles in the pelvis area, holding for a few seconds, relaxing them, and then repeating these steps multiple times over. This is also good to do before childbirth to protect your bladder during the birthing process. Not only do they have benefits that help prevent incontinence, doing pelvic exercises will benefit you and your partner in the bedroom.

Stop smoking

For more reasons than urinary incontinence, you should quit smoking. But when it comes to a weak bladder and you want to avoid accidents, quitting smoking is a must. Smoking causes you to cough a lot, and this pushes on the bladder. Also, if you have allergies, talk to your doctor about the right medication to control your sneezing.

Stay regular

If you get constipated frequently, then the pressure of the full rectum is going to have an effect on the bladder, causing you to have to release urine more urgently, and more often. Add plenty of fiber into your diet, and drink the appropriate amount of fluids. Avoid foods like chocolate and dairy, and it’s best to stay away from anything that has a lot of caffeine in it. Not only will your bladder thank you, your whole body will feel amazing.

Talk to your doctor

If you are pregnant and afraid that you will suffer from urinary incontinence, or if you already do, your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any medications that can help. They will also be able to provide you with information about how to strengthen your pelvic muscles and improve your bladder control.

If you live in the Palm Beach Area, and you are suffering from urinary incontinence, or you want to learn how to prevent it, call us today at 561-434-0111. We have three convenient locations for you to visit us at, and we always look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarainen

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