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The pelvic floor muscles hold the bladder, uterus, and lower bowel in place. After having a baby many women find these muscles are weaker than before. This can lead to stress incontinence – you leak a little urine when you cough or laugh, jump or run. To prevent this happening, it’s important to do pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy and after the baby is born.
Do this exercise several times a day in batches of five or six ‘squeezes’ at a time. You can do it while washing up, waiting for a bus or elevator, sitting at a desk or watching TV. No-one will know you are doing it, but it will help strengthen the pelvic floor if you do it as many times as you can remember each day!
Check out more information about pelvic floor exercises and incontinence here.
Drinking plenty of water will help prevent kidney problems, and it’s good for your skin, too! It is recommended that you drink two litres (eight glasses) per day. Try some of our quick tips for keeping yourself topped up:
Carried out between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy, this scan checks that the baby has developed normally and does not have a major ‘anomaly’ or problem. It won’t detect all problems, but it may show problems in the baby’s brain, heart, kidneys or digestive tract. In most cases it will simply show that your baby is growing well.
Do I have to have the scan?
It is your choice. If you do need a scan take your partner or a friend you can rely on for support in case you need it. Remember, scans will not detect every problem and sometimes suggest there might be something wrong when there isn’t. If a problem is picked up at your scan, discuss this with your LMC who will refer you to an obstetrician.
However, if you choose not to have a scan it may prevent your baby from getting the care or treatment in pregnancy, or after the birth, that it may should there be an anomaly.
How to get the most out of your ultrasound scan
You may be excited, you may be nervous, but remember: