Post-Pregnancy Urinary Incontinence and Strength Training

After a pregnancy, many women want to jump back to getting into shape.  Oftentimes they feel like they can pick up where they left off prior to pregnancy but many changes occur with pregnancy and post-pregnancy.  One of the most common complaints women have after pregnancy when they begin to work out is experiencing “leakage” with activity or unexpected urinary incontinence.  It often happens with lifting something heavy, jumping, laughing, running, etc.  This occurs because the muscles supporting the bladder have been tried and tested throughout your pregnancy.

Am I Allowed to Exercise While Pregnant?

There is a lot of talk about how pregnant women should take it easy before, after, and during pregnancy. Some professionals even advocate bed rest and very minimal levels of activity. I am not a medical professional but I am a strength coach. That being said, I have changed many clients’ workout programs around their pregnancy to allow for them to continue to train hard, make gains and get results. Clients have experienced a quicker recovery time post-pregnancy and were able to get back to pre-pregnancy weight faster because they kept exercising throughout their pregnancy