By Riva Preil As all new mothers can attest, the pelvic floor muscles experience the stretch of a lifetime during labor and delivery. Many women experience stress (SUI) or mixed urinary incontinence (MUI), involuntary loss of urine, following the birthing experience. A recent Danish study (International Urogynecology Journal, January 2014) outlines several risk factors that are associated with developing either SUI or MUI. These include:
- Body mass index (BMI) of greater than or equal to 30 prior to pregnancy
- Urinary incontinence during the pregnancy
- Perineal lesions or tears during delivery
- Anal sphincter tears during delivery
Get help now from a pelvic floor therapist.