Incontinence during pregnancy can be highly embarrassing and even lower quality of life.
It is a fairly common problem during pregnancy, however is rarely spoken of. The most common type of incontinence during pregnancy is stress incontinence. This occurs when pressure is placed on the bladder through activities such as coughing and laughing.
When you are pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases dramatically, leading to fluid being passed through to the bladder. Your growing uterus is also putting extra pressure on the bladder, which sits below it. Naturally, this causes some women to experience leakage.
If you find yourself experiencing stress incontinence, resist the urge to stick to sanitary towels. These are not designed for managing urinary incontinence and will not be absorbent enough for you.
Choosing a Product
Look for a Shaped Design
If you can find an anatomically shaped pad, these are much more discreet and provide a close fit. They do not have any extra bulk, which is a worry for most women choosing pads. With this design of pad, you won’t have to worry about them appearing un-subtle or being visible. Anatomically shaped pads are designed to fit closer to your body than insert pads or large rectangular pads. Shaped pads also neutralize odours, providing extra peace of mind.
You can shop our full range of shaped pads here.
Think about Your Skin
The last thing you want during pregnancy is to feel even more uncomfortable or irritated. Consider whether your skin is sensitive and what kinds of products may be irritating. If you are very concerned about skin health, look for a breathable option. Breathable material means your skin will feel healthier and stay dry in comfort. The good news here is that most pads are breathable; it will state on the packaging how breathable a pad is. Some pads feature a breathable back-sheet and sides to keep moisture to the skin’s natural level. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you should look for a pad that is hypoallergenic; the packaging should state this.
Look for Thin Pads
Discreet pads are made from ultra-thin absorbent material. They have a low ISO absorbency rating, making them thin and light. These pads are often perfect for managing stress incontinence, as they have the right amount of absorbency for small leaks.
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Buy in Bulk
Buying pads in bulk can save you a lot of money. This saves you the need of buying pads regularly.
Shop our selection of Case Savers to find an ideal offer for you.
Our Tip: Use Fixation Pants for Extra Security
Fixation pants can be worn alongside shaped pads to keep them in place and prevent you from losing any absorbency.
Our Top Fixation Pants Pick:
96% Polyester and 4% Elastane
Secure and discreet fixation
If you are very active and would prefer to use pull up pants for managing incontinence, shop our selection of incontinence pull up pants.