Hiya, im 19 and nearly 6 months pregnant and noticed that whenever i cough, sneeze or even laugh i wee a little! i haven’t asked anyone because its quite embarrassing!! Is this normal when pregnant? my hormones are really bad so just wondering if its something to do with that? anyone know?
Incontinence during pregnancy is normal and very common, so you are certainly not alone. Various factors cause this prevalence, including hormonal changes (as you are experiencing) and the extra weight and pressure of the baby. These factors put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs. The hormonal complications you have mentioned play an important role, as pregnant women have elevated levels of the hormone relaxin. This hormone is needed to allow expansion as the baby grows and relaxes the connective tissues during pregnancy. This affects the ligaments supporting the pelvic floor and urethra.
You mention you are experiencing leaks when putting pressure on the bladder, which is caused by the weakening of these muscles. Stress incontinence is the type of incontinence you are experiencing and is common in pregnant women. Do not worry, this is the most common type of incontinence in women and can often be treated easily.
You can read our blog about pregnancy and incontinence for more information on this.
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