Dr. Eilber explains if urinary incontinence during pregnancy can increase a woman's risk for developing incontinence again later in life.
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Does urinary incontinence during pregnancy increase the risk for developing incontinence in later life? Dr. Eilber: Many women have questions about incontinence around the time of pregnancy. For the most part, women who have incontinence immediately after delivery will resolve within 6 to 12 months afterwards. So, if a woman is referred to me soon after delivery with incontinence, I usually tell the patients just to be patient, it will get better. However, if a woman does have incontinence during pregnancy, she does have a higher chance in the next five years of actually developing stress incontinence later. As far as surgery for stress incontinence, because it’s mostly done through the vaginal canal, patients are usually advised not to exercise or do any strenuous activity for about two weeks after surgery. If they also have their bladders lifted, then we usually have them restrict activities for about four weeks after surgery.