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Why can pregnancy lead to overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Pregnancy can cause overactive bladder because of the pressure placed on the bladder and the pelvic muscles. They can become loose or weak during pregnancy and can even get injured during childbirth. A long or difficult delivery can stretch or tear nerves and tissues around the pelvis that are needed to control bladder function, and this may produce overactive bladder symptoms.

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