The study was conducted through questionnaires that were answered by pregnant women at three different times. Questions were asked at 15 weeks, 30 weeks, and six months after birth. It found that as much as 40 percent of the respondents were struggling with urinary incontinence by the 30th week of pregnancy, and that 21 percent had a "fresh" (sorry for the cheesy pun) incontinence problem six months post-partum. Now for the interesting part: those who suffered from loss of bladder control during their pregnancies were more likely cure their difficulties the more weight they lost after birth. Incontinence rates dropped by two percent for every two pounds lost!
The study's lead researcher, Stian Langeland Wesnes, said: "Weight loss post-partum, together with pelvic floor muscle training, may decrease the prevalence of urinary incontinence in women post-partum." A healthy and active pregnancy, and a nutritious and balanced diet both during pregnancy and after might be the best approach. So ladies, make sure you don't eat too much after giving birth, and do your Kegels during pregnancy! Of course, it still makes sense to prevent too much weight gain during pregnancy for other reasons.