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Urinary incontinence before, during and after pregnancy


Urinary incontinence, before, during and after pregnancy


Urinary incontinence (UI) affects a considerable proportion of women before, during and after pregnancy, can leave women feeling embarrassed, and can prevent them from exercising.

This article provides an overview of the prevalence and the impact of UI in childbearing women.

Learning aims and objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Define UI
  • Discuss the factors that contribute to the wide variation in pregnancy and postpartum prevalence rates
  • Understand the impact of UI on women
  • Use the information learned and resources offered, in practice

Keywords and linking topics

Urinary incontinence, pregnancy, postpartum, health promotion, faecal incontinence, postpartum health, morbidities

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.