PREVENTION

It is not always possible to prevent urinary incontinence. However, one can reduce the risk of developing it.

Weight

Being obese increases the risk of urinary incontinence. Maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet. Use the healthy weight calculator to see if you are a healthy weight for your height.

Drinking

You should be drinking around 1.5 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluids a day.

Cut down on alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee and cola. These can cause the kidneys to produce more urine and irritate the bladder.

If you have to urinate frequently during the night (nocturia), try drinking less in the hours before going to bed.

Exercise

Keeping active is a very important part of leading a healthy lifestyle and can help prevent several serious health conditions, including urinary incontinence. Do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least five times a week.

Being pregnant and giving birth can weaken the muscles that control the flow of urine from your bladder. If you are pregnant, strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help prevent urinary incontinence.

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