Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Bladder

10 things women should know about the bladderDoes it feel like your bladder is running your life? Like you have to wear black pants when you exercise because they don’t show the urine leaking out? Like you’re constantly running to the bathroom, or you know where all the bathrooms are in the mall?

I meet women every day whose lives have been changed because of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. I hear stories about how these women have given up activities they love because of worries about urine leakage or discomfort from a vaginal bulge. Unfortunately many women don’t realize how common these problems are, so they are reluctant to talk about them.

Take back control of your bladder – here are 10 things that you should know:

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How do I make sure I get enough calcium?

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When I meet with clients at University of Michigan Health System Nutrition Counseling Centers, calcium is often a hot topic. Most women are aware that their risk of getting osteoporosis is much higher than men, but few know how dramatic the statistics are Continue reading

Tub Talk

Are you wondering about the benefits of using a tub during labor and birth?

I love being part of the peaceful stillness of a birth center room where a woman is resting quietly between contractions immersed in water.  With the lights dimmed, her eyes closed and her partner quietly whispering in her ear, there is a sacred beauty to this moment before she starts to breathe through another contraction.  Over half of the women the University of Michigan Certified Nurse Midwives care for will use the tub or a shower for relaxation during labor. We have done hundreds of waterbirths in the birth center over the past fifteen years, but now even more women are interested in this option.

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