Bladder problems are very uncomfortable, so it is a good idea to be aware of prevention methods, and take advantage of them before problems occur. It is important to drink plenty of water. Avoid coffee, tea, sugar, junk food, refined starches, and highly acidic foods. Try to include cabbage, leeks, and garlic in your diet, drink a few glasses of cranberry juice every day, and take a vitamin C supplement.
Wear cotton underwear, as it breathes better than many other fabrics. If you are experiencing unwanted leakage, wear a panty liner or sanitary towel. Practice pelvic floor exercises throughout your pregnancy; tighten the muscles of your vagina as if you were stopping a flow of urine, hold for a count of eight, and repeat in sets of ten throughout the day.
If you have to wake up to urinate several times throughout the night, try drinking less before bedtime; simply drink more throughout the day.
Rock back and forth when you are on the toilet. This will help to remove the pressure of the womb and baby from your bladder, allowing you to empty it more fully so you will need to take less frequent trips to the bathroom.
When cleaning, avoid using soap on your genitals. Be sure to empty your bladder and wash with water after intercourse. Wipe from front to back after using the toilet to avoid the spread of bacteria.
If you follow these recommendations, you may be able to avoid the discomforts caused by bladder problems during your pregnancy.
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