So, I’m heavily pregnant, and one of the posts I intend to share soon (just as soon as I get around to writing it!) is about some of the more unusual symptoms I’ve experienced, both this time around and in some cases last time too. However, there’s one symptom which is incredibly common and which we should not shy away from discussing, particularly as it’s often a simple fix: pregnancy incontinence.

I’m usually not one for talking about very personal matters, but once you’ve given birth you learn to accept that dignity ain’t part of the deal when it comes to carrying a baby…

Besides which, when something can be done to actively improve a situation, then educating ourselves it surely common sense. I’ve actually written about urinary incontinence before, and if you’re looking for advice on how to deal with it – in terms of practical help and getting past the taboo and just having a chat – then that post is worth a look.

However, prevention is better than cure and, unbelievably, diet can improve your situation! For example, did you know that acidic foods can exacerbate the problem? Plus, of course, as my incontinence nurse mother-in-law never tires of telling me, pelvic floor exercises are another very helpful tool in your arsenal too.

And if you want to be lazy and have then done for you – that’s now a thing too!

Read my review of the INNOVO shorts that you simply pull on and do the hard work, so you don’t have to!

Check out this handy infographic from HARTMANN Direct for more tips:

pregnancy incontinence

Have you or do you still suffer with incontinence? Have you tried any of these suggestions and found they’ve improved your situation? I’d love to know your top tips for dealing with the awkwardness of a rather uncomfortable and embarrassing problem! Please share in the comments!

Don’t forget to check back (or subscribe below) for my upcoming post about some of the less common symptoms of pregnancy I’ve experienced this time around.

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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