What Makes a Happy Bladder

They say little things can make a BIG difference and this is also true when it comes to bladder control.  Poor bladder habits can lead to decreased bladder control and incontinence.  Below are some easy steps that anyone can take to keep your bladder health and happy!

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1) Drink plenty of fluids (6-8 cups) during the day unless your doctor has advised otherwise.  The majority of fluid you drink should be water.

2) Restrict the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink as they irritate the bladder.

3) Avoid going to the bathroom “just in case” as this will teach your bladder bad habits.  Remember that normal urinary frequency is every 3-4 hours, or 5-8x/day.

4) Avoid constipation.  Straining to empty your bowels can weaken the pelvic floor muscles leading to incontinence. So eat lots of fruits and vegetables and stay active to keep your bowels regular.

Written By: Karen Hartney, PT, DPT, OCS

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