Baby Versus Body – The Impact of Pregnancy and Childbirth on a Woman’s Body

Motherhood is said to be one of the most unique and special experiences that a woman can have. For 9 months, the body undergoes marvelous transformations as it works to create a tiny human. It’s an incredible undertaking, and like all monumental accomplishments – it can take its toll.

As urogynecologists, we see the impact that pregnancy and child labor have on the human body. Whether it’s incontinence, vaginal relaxation, or pelvic organ prolapse, there are a variety of ways in which a woman’s body can be impacted by the miracle of life.

Are you pregnant now, or facing the after-effects of pregnancy? You may not have been fully-prepared by your OBGYN for some of the changes you are now dealing with. At our urogyn centers in Melbourne and Vero Beach, Florida, we regularly meet women who are proud mothers – but looking for help in regaining bladder control or other aspects of body appearance and function that were lost with child-bearing.

Incontinence During Pregnancy – And Beyond

As the baby grows, so does the pressure in the pelvic region. Urinary incontinence during pregnancy is experienced by over 30% of women, according to one report. The amount of leakage tends to become heavier during the last trimester, since the pressure on the bladder becomes greater. Of the women that experience urinary incontinence, 78% report experiencing stress urinary incontinence and 12% report experiencing urge incontinence.

Unfortunately, for some women the incontinence doesn’t end there. Sometimes the effects of pregnancy can be long-lasting. This can be due to a variety of factors, including the following:

-Weakened pelvic muscles from carrying the pregnancy.

-Damage to the nerves affecting bladder control.

-A shift in the urethra and bladder during pregnancy.

-Damage to the pelvic floor muscles by tearing during childbirth.

What Can Be Done for Incontinence that Doesn’t Go Away?

If your incontinence continues after childbirth, is the situation hopeless? No! Incontinence that continues after childbirth is very treatable. Many women feel like their body will ‘just go back to normal’ – and in some cases, this is what they’ve been told by their OBGYN. However, that is not always the case.

At Zipper Urogynecology, we meet many mothers who are dealing with the after-effects of pregnancy and battling to get their pre-baby bodies back in more ways than one! Incontinence is perhaps one of the most potentially embarrassing aspects of this post-baby evolution.

The path to remedying incontinence involves determining what specifically is causing the incontinence. As mentioned earlier, it could be because of a variety of ways that the pelvic floor muscles have been damaged. Or it could be a direct impact to the bladder itself. Either way, we have treatment strategies to help you conquer incontinence – the same way you’ve conquered diaper duty and 3 a.m. feedings!

Is Vaginal Relaxation Real or Imagined?

Another possible impact of childbirth is vaginal relaxation. Some expectant mothers are concerned over the way that vaginal childbirth may affect their sex life post-baby. While some OBGYNs may assure expectant mothers that everything will continue to be the same ‘down there,’ the truth is that childbirth CAN push the vaginal canal beyond its limits – resulting in a looser feeling during sex.

This situation can be frustrating for you and your partner, but it doesn’t mean that your little bundle of joy has forever changed the way you experience intimacy. At Zipper Urogynecology, we regularly help women that are dealing with vaginal relaxation by means of several innovative and minimially-invasive approaches to tightening the vagina.

Incisionless Vaginal Rejuvenation® is a procedure developed by Dr. Ralph Zipper that has gained acclaim for its ability to tighten the connective tissues surrounding the vagina. By means of infrared laser energy, existing collagen is shrunk, new connective tissue is formed, and the vagina undergoes a reshaping that produces a smaller, more natural shape. This procedure is completed in under an hour, and patients have only minimal discomfort and downtime.

Get Your Bladder and Body Back After Baby

Make it your determination to get your bladder back and your vagina in shape after the birth of your baby. If incontinence plagues you after childbirth, don’t delay in seeking the medical advice of a urogynecologist. And if vaginal relaxation is putting a damper on your sex life, realize that it doesn’t have to stay that way!

Make an appointment with Zipper Urogynecology to learn more about undoing the effects of the battle between baby and body. We’ll be happy to hear about your bundle of joy – and share how we can eliminate incontinence and undo vaginal relaxation! Call 321-674-2114.