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How does giving birth affect overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Women who have recently given birth can develop overactive bladder. This is especially true for women who have delivered through the vagina instead of with a cesarean section. It has been shown that women who have given birth can develop pelvic nerve damage. This occurs because the pelvic floor muscles are stretched and moved by the baby. These muscles support the bladder.

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