It’s estimated that overactive bladder (OAB) affects 15% of women — although this number may be much higher as many choose not to discuss the condition with their provider.
Your pelvic floor muscles help support your pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel, and rectum. When your pelvic floor is damaged or weakened, it can lead to bladder control problems and incontinence issues.
To help enhance bladder control, you can try exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor. By strengthening these muscles, many women see benefits such as reduced occurrence of prolapse and leakage.
Here are 4 exercises to help strengthen and tighten your pelvic floor muscles:
Preeclampsia is a medical condition that occurs during pregnancy, and it’s the most common pregnancy-related complication experienced by expecting mothers.
March of Dimes reports that, “[Preeclampsia] affects 2 to 8 percent of pregnancies worldwide” and that, “In the United States, [preeclampsia is] the cause of 15 percent (about 3 in 20) of premature births.”
It’s important for expectant mothers to attend prenatal appointments, because if left untreated, preeclampsia can have severe health effects on you and your baby.
To help protect your health and your baby’s health, learn about preeclampsia, what it is, the risks, the signs and symptoms, and the treatment options available.
Most people don’t like to talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Frankly, it’s not the most comfortable topic to discuss. Even so, it’s crucial to talk about STDs and STIs and to be aware of what signs to look for.
Pregnancy is typically a joyous time for you and your family. But that joy can quickly turn to anxiety if you’re diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy.
Were you recently diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy or know someone who was? You may have a lot of questions, such as:
- “Will I and my baby be okay?”
- “Will I need specialized care?”
- “How can I maintain a healthy pregnancy when diagnosed as high risk?”
If you have questions or you’re curious to learn more about high-risk pregnancies, it’s important to understand the facts in order to keep you and your baby healthy before, during, and after delivery.