Ask the Expert: Fix your postpartum body
To end the month of June, we have a special Ask the Expert Session in line with world incontinence week, with the purpose to raise awareness of bladder weakness, pelvic pain and other debilitating conditions 😯 Our Expert Cheryl Han, Director and Lead Consultant in Orchard Clinic, will be answering all your questions on managing incontinence and urinary leakage after pregnancy 👩🏻💻 So don't forget to leave those burning questions in the comments section below!
Your clinic could reduce the DR gap completely?
Hi there, we would have to assess your condition to advise, but yes, we do treat DR at Orchard Clinic. You can WhatsApp us at +65 9061 0945 :)
Hi! I’m currently 13 months postpartum but still looking like 4-5 months pregnant in my tummy. I wasn’t religious about wearing a binder after my caesarean. Is that the cause of a huge tummy? I’m really upset to hear comments about it. How do I know if it’s just fats or a medical issue?Read more
Hi there, congrats on your baby! We would need to assess you in person to be able to advise. You can WhatsApp us at +0610945 to arrange for an appointment and we'll be more than happy to help :)
Can incontinence be cured?
Yes it can be cured – I've seen 95% success rate. However in some severe cases, we would refer out for surgery when we are not able to treat.
Hi Mummies! Looking forward to addressing any questions you might have regarding Postpartum Incontinence. This week is Global Continence Week – don't be shy and ask away. You can also get more information from Orchard Clinic: www.orchardclinic.com and follow us: FB: fb.com/orchardclinicsg IG: instagram.com/orchard.clinicRead more
What would be best to avoid the two?
Thanks for the question – prevention is better than cure! So yes, we should aim to prevent incontinence. This can be done through exercises targeted at the pelvic floor, and medical devices. These days, the medical devices are very advanced and they've made it very comfortable and easy.
Is incontinence common amongst woman?
Stress Incontinence is more common in women due to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. However, men could also have incontinence – men more commonly have Overflow Incontinence, especially following prostate surgery. This is usually a frequent dribble of urine and a feeling like the bladder is not completely emptying.
Are there symptoms about urinary leakage?
The main symptom of stress incontinence is an involuntary leakage of urine during physical movement or activity. Examples of the kinds of activities associated with urine leaking include sneezing, laughing, coughing, or exercise. The leakage may be as little as a drop or two, or as much as a squirt.
Can I still wear tampon if I have incontinence?
Yes, there shouldn't be any issue
What exercise can I do to help with incontinence?
You can do pelvic floor exercises, these could be simple floor work such as yoga and pilates. Try googling 'pelvic floor exercises' and you'll be able to find lots of online exercises.
Hi Dr. Will it go away on its own?
Very often, it does not go away on its own, as we need to work the pelvic floor muscles to get them back in shape. For mummies with incontinence, I usually tell them – it is too late once they come to see me. We should be strengthening our pelvic floor before pregnancy to prevent incontinence from happening in the first place.