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What bladder injuries may occur during labor and delivery?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2018 | Birth Injuries |

Pregnancy and childbirth are times of joy for parents in New York. Having a baby puts a lot of strain on your body. You may feel different. You may experience different things after the birth. However, not everything you go through is natural. While a loss of bladder control for a short time is okay, having prolonged issues is not normal. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the bladder and associated muscles and nerves may undergo damage during delivery. This damage may require medical intervention to correct it.

If you had forceps used during your delivery, they may have caused damage to the pelvic floor. When weakened, the pelvic floor cannot support the bladder properly, leading to incontinence. If your labor was long or you pushed for a long time, this, too, may lead to weakened muscles and nerve damage that has an effect on the ability to control the bladder.

One of the most common issues is a prolapse. This occurs when the pelvic muscles are so weakened they cannot support the bladder. The bladder then sags. When the bladder sags, it causes the urethra to open, which leads to urine leakage or the inability to have complete control over urination.

The good news is that bladder issues are treatable. You can discuss options with your doctor depending on what is causing your issues. It is also important to know leakage problems are common. Many women experience them after pregnancy. So, you are not alone. This information is for educational purposes. It is not legal advice.