Getting your bladder back to normal function after having a baby is essential, whether you have had a catheter or not.

Your midwife will measure the first time you pass urine and ask you: have you passed urine in the last four to six hours? Have you had the urge to pass urine? Did you feel like you completely emptied your bladder?

If you answered no to any of these questions or had any urine leakage, please notify your midwife immediately.

To encourage a healthy bladder and bowel, avoid constipation and straining on the toilet. This can help prevent pelvic floor muscle weakness which can lead to haemorrhoids, incontinence, anal fissure or prolapse.

Drink one and a half to two liters of water a day. Limit and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol. Eat a diet high in fibre, for example, fresh fruit and vegetables and whole meal products. Walking, and gentle change of positioning.

Don’t ignore the urge to use your bladder or bowel. Take your time to empty your bladder or bowel, breathe deeply and stay relaxed.

If you are having trouble with your bowel, you can try: keeping your knees higher than hips, leaning forward and putting your elbows on your knees. Relaxing your tummy and straightening your spine.

It can be difficult to go to the toilet soon after having a baby. If can be reassuring to know that your body will heal and there are pelvic floor specialists to help if you need them.

Remember, you’re healing, so it’s important that you listen to your body, take it easy, eat well, and trust that each day will show some improvement.

 

10 November 2019

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