Post # 1
So I’m 5 weeks postpartem and have been on lots of good walks and hikes with no problems. I decided to go on my first run today as my undercarriage is healing nicely (I had a second degree perineal tear and a labial tear as well). The “run” (let’s call a spade a spade here- I was going slow as shit) was going great until I noticed how sweaty my crotch was. Yeah, it wasn’t sweat. I was pretty much continuously leaking pee. It soaked through the maxi pad, my undies, the mesh liner in my shorts, and my shorts. WTF. I had NO issues with unauthorized dribbles when I was pregnant and I have even been doing my Kegals (although I could definitely step it up). This is demoralizing and upsetting to me- I’ve been a runner my entire life and love to do high impact workouts 🙁 Anyways, who else had this problem? Did it go away with time? I’m thinking about signing up for a new moms’ pilates class- think that would help? Or I can just stock up on adult diapers…..
Post # 2
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See a gynourologist! This absolutely can happen. You would be surprised the things hormonal imbalaces can do to your body. This is absolutely a symtom of changes in hormones (probably from post pregnancy), but it can also indicate a very serious problem.
Post # 3
When I was maybe 3 weeks postpartum I stood up from a chair and just immediately started peeing. All over the floor and without warning. It only happened once and I’ve been fine ever since. Your muscles will get back to normal — it just takes time!
I’m also a lifelong runner but after having a baby I started mixing in some yoga, which might be helping…so I say try the Pilates class; it can’t hurt.
Post # 4
I think it just takes more time. Sorry if this is tmi, but I remember for a couple of weeks after giving birth, when I would sit down to pee, I had no control of it. I couldn’t control when the flow stopped or started. It was very unsettling! I’m 10 months PP, and I don’t really have any leakage anymore. Just keep doing kegals, but maybe give yourself a bit more time before you try to get back into running.
Post # 5
MrsAKSkier: Do you have any symptoms of a urinary tract infection? Any burning or pain when you urinate?
Do you have a 6 week post partum check up scheduled?
If you don’t have a UTI, and you do have an appt for a 6 week checkup, you can probably just do kegals until you see your doctor. It’s not unusual to have stress incontinence post partum, especially when running.
If you don’t have improvement or this keeps happening (it probably won’t) see a pelvic rehab physical therapist.
Post # 6
I peed my pants a lot after I gave birth. The most frequent case was laughing. It went away with some serious bladder training (peeing every two hours whether I had to or not). Its all good now. I haven’t peed my pants in almost three years. Lol.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input, everyone! I decided I didn’t want to wait until my 6 week appointment on September 1 so I called the birth center and spoke to a nurse. She prescribed physical therapy for me with a therapist who specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation. She also suggested the same “new mom” Pilates class I had found online and told me to make sure I pee every 1-2 hours whether I feel like I have to go or not. I’m calling the PT place first thing on Monday! I feel way better about the whole thing now that I have a game plan in place. I’m gonna Kegal it up over the weekend, too. Fingers crossed it works…..
Cory_loves_this_girl: Oh my gosh, it was the exact same for me the first week after birth! I would sit down on the toilet (or be in the process of sitting down) and the pee would just gush out. It felt so weird. That is already way, way better and I actually can stop the flow of urine if I try, which is why the leaking caught me off guard, like what the heck?? Glad to hear yours went away!
Post # 8
This happened to me while pregnant at least 4 times in the 3rd trimester, all times I was at home and no one was the wiser but so embarrassing! I went to sleep every night worried I would pee my pants in my sleep or everytime I stood up I worried! Pregnancy causes so much strain on your pelvic organs. For me It never happened again after pregnancy but I can tell things aren’t quit the same, Ig I hold it too long I feel like it might happen!
Just at give it time and do your kegals. Talk to your doc.
Post # 9
MrsAKSkier: I made my sister pee her pants TWICE while in stores (once was in Target, the other time in Kohls). She always had a tough time after her delivery (a botched episiotomy with lots of scar tissue), even years later.
I don’t have any advice, except just laugh. Women deal with this stuff all the time. Real women have these problems. It’s normal. In my family, where we outnumber men 2-1, we gossip and laugh and warn each other about this stuff all the time.
Post # 10
Whoa, running at 5 weeks? I wasn’t cleared for ANY exercise until at least 6 weeks, and I didn’t tear and one day out from giving birth my doctor said it was barely noticeable that I had popped a child out. But I was lucky despite having a well sized baby. I walked the entire time I was on maternity leave and started running when I was maybe 2 months out, but that was because I had no tears and no pain.
But don’t worry about this, “this too shall pass.” you’re only 5 weeks out, and you sound like you had a tough birth. Dont’ be so hard on yourself, I know it’s hard since you’re a runner (I am too, so sitting around killed me after birth, but I also knew I had to let myself heal), but give yourself some more time. I’m nearly 7 1/2 months post partum and sometimes I still pee just a little if I laugh too hard and I have a full bladder and I didn’t tear, so it’s not just you. I just laugh it off (and change my undies).
Post # 11
mrs.joiner: Ok, this is good to hear. I’m planning on not running again until I see what they say at the physical therapy and my 6 week appointment. I honestly didn’t even ask when running would be ok- I just thought I’d play it by ear. I will just keep walking and hiking (and Kegaling haha) in the meantime. And when I get bummed out about it, I look at my cute little son and it doesn’t matter- he was worth it!
Here’s a pic of the perpetrator:
Post # 12
MrsAKSkier: when I gave birth and my doctor came to see me the next day I asked her when it would be possible for me to drive, and she said, 2 weeks (I have a stick shift) and I was like “Oh, I was thinking I could drive myself home..” And she just looked at me like I was nuts and said “No, your husband can drive you home, are you nuts?” So my doctor was more up front on what I could and couldn’t do.
oh he’s precious! Here’s my daughter, just like her mommy, sorry it’s so big. According to my husband this is the face I make when he says something stupid.
Post # 13
mrs.joiner: cute! What a pretty little girl!