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Do pelvic exercises relieve overactive bladder in pregnancy or new mothers?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Pelvic muscle exercises can improve overactive bladder in almost all people, including pregnant women and those who have recently given birth. Both pregnancy and childbirth can take their toll on a woman’s body. These events can make the pelvic organs move down into the vagina, a condition called pelvic organ prolapse. Not only can this cause pelvic pressure, but it can cause urine to leak as well. Pelvic exercises may delay and even help prevent prolapse.  

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