What are Your Bladder Habits?
Emptying your bladder 5-8 times per day (average frequency if every 2-4 hours)
Waking 0-1 times per night to use the restroom
Averaging a total of 45-60 oz of urine/day and 8-18 oz per trip
No leaking of urine outside of bathroom trips
Potential Bad Habits:
Do you pee “just-in-case” before car trips or because you got up to feed the baby in the middle of the night so “might as well”?
This can lead to poor urinary habits and altered sensations of fullness in the bladder and create dysfunction over time
Do you hold your bladder too long?
Teachers, nurses, and those with limited access to the bathroom may get in the habit of holding bladder for multiple hours of the day
Allowing the bladder to overfill on a regular basis will limit the bladder’s ability to fully empty over time
Do you hover over public toilet seats?
Fun fact: did you know you are more likely to catch something from shaking hands with someone vs sitting on a public toilet?
If we don’t fully sit when urinating, we get in the bad habit of not fully relaxing our pelvic floor muscles
Do you limit how much water you drink to limit how often you need to urinate?
Unfortunately this works against you due to the concentrated urine in your bladder and will often lead to increased sensation to urinate
Have you attempting to stop the flow of urine while urinating?
This has often been used as an example of how to strengthen your pelvic floor, but performing this regularly is BAD for your bladder and can increase your chances of a UTI
Do any of these sound like you? Come chat with Molly today to learn about ways to change these bad habits and prevent long term dysfunction!