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Why does childbirth cause bladder problems?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
After pregnancy, you may experience symptoms of overactive bladder because your pelvic floor muscles and nerves are now weakened. The following events during delivery may have also damaged your pelvic muscles: 

- An episiotomy, which is a cut made in the pelvic floor muscle during delivery to allow the baby to come out more easily
- Damage to the nerves that control the bladder
- The urethra and bladder have moved during pregnancy

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