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Why Are You Accidentally Peeing? [Part 3]

Navigating urinary incontinence poses difficulties that reach beyond physical health, influencing both emotional and social dimensions of one's life. Remember, there are 3 main things to consider when someone is experiencing urinary leakage or incontinence.

  1. Tension

  2. Breathing

  3. Abdominal Pressure

We will look at all 3, but let's focus on each one separately. (check out the links for the other blog posts)

In this blog post, we'll explore the role of abdominal pressure in urinary incontinence and how mastering its management can be a game-changer for those seeking relief.

The ABCs of Urinary Incontinence: Before we dive into the connection between abdominal pressure and urinary incontinence, let's briefly understand the different types of incontinence:

  1. Stress Incontinence:

  • Triggered by physical activities like coughing, sneezing, or lifting that increase pressure on the bladder.

  1. Urge Incontinence:

  • Characterized by a sudden, intense urge to urinate, often leading to leakage.

  1. Mixed Incontinence:

  • A combination of stress and urge incontinence.

Abdominal Pressure: The Silent Culprit: Abdominal pressure is a key player in the urinary incontinence game. When pressure in the abdomen increases, it directly affects the bladder and pelvic floor muscles, potentially leading to leaks. Understanding how to manage and control abdominal pressure can be a game-changer in the quest for continence.

Tips for Abdominal Pressure Management:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight:

  • Extra weight can contribute to increased abdominal pressure. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help achieve and maintain a weight that supports overall well-being, including bladder health.

  1. Posture Matters:

  • Practice good posture to reduce unnecessary pressure on the abdomen. When sitting or standing, aim for a neutral spine position to distribute weight evenly.

  1. Strengthen Core Muscles:

  • Engaging and strengthening the core muscles can provide better support for abdominal organs, reducing the likelihood of increased pressure on the bladder.

  1. Avoid Constipation:

  • Constipation can lead to straining during bowel movements, causing increased abdominal pressure. Maintain a fiber-rich diet, stay hydrated, and listen to your body's signals.

  1. Mindful Breathing:

  • Similar to the connection between breathing and urinary incontinence, mindful breathing can help manage abdominal pressure. Practice diaphragmatic breathing to engage the core and promote overall stability.

  1. Pelvic Floor Exercises:

  • Incorporate pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, into your routine. These exercises help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, providing better support against abdominal pressure.

  1. Stay Hydrated, but Time Your Fluid Intake:

  • Hydration is essential, but timing matters. Avoid excessive fluid intake close to bedtime to reduce the chances of nocturnal incontinence.

Understanding the role of abdominal pressure in urinary incontinence empowers individuals to take proactive steps toward better management. By incorporating these tips into daily life, you can minimize unnecessary pressure on the bladder, potentially reducing the frequency and severity of urinary incontinence episodes. Remember, small changes in lifestyle and habits can make a significant difference on your journey to mastering the art of abdominal pressure and regaining control over your bladder.

Remember, there are 3 key pieces to helping your accidental peeing. We will discuss tension and breathing in OTHER blog posts.

Navigating womanhood can be hard, but we shouldn't have to do it alone. It's my mission to help my clients with their health and fitness, no matter what season they are in (pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, or trying to conceive). If you found this information helpful, share it with a friend. With my Women's Health Specialty and Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Certificate, I can help you or your girlfriends with any questions that might have been unanswered for years!


-Stay Strong. Stay Flexible.


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