How great is a strong coffee in the morning? For some new mums, their blood type is no longer A, B or O – it’s caffeine, and it’s best avoided, along with a number of other foods, particularly if you have an over-active bladder.
If you’re suffering with stress incontinence, an over-active bladder, or you get bladder infections regularly, I thought you might like to know what drinks, foods and ingredients in them aren’t doing you any favours.
Around 30% of postnatal women suffer with some form of stress incontinence for 3 months after birth, although I personally believe this figure is likely to be higher, but it’s worth mentioning that stress incontinence is not a normal, should never be thought to of as just “a part of pregnancy”. If in doubt, visit your GP/Doctor and have a chat to them about your symptoms. Often, many cases of stress incontinence are curable without the intervention of surgery, so what have you got to lose?
Most of us know how a strong coffee can make us feel the urge to empty our bladder, but here are some more potential bladder irritants for you to have a think about :
- tea (including green tea) and coffee – switch to fruit and/or herbal teas instead because they contain no caffeine.
- some multivitamins (containing ascorbic acid)
- artificial sweeteners (e.g.aspartame) – I’d be avoiding this like the plague anyhow, but it’s best to try and lower any type of sugar intake if you have an over-active bladder, because any type of sweetener can worsen your symptoms.
- wine / beer – alcohol is always on the “avoid” list when you have an over-active bladder because they make you wee more.
- citrus/juices (orange, grapefruit, pineapple), tomato products, spicy foods – these are highly acidic, and can irritate the bladder for some people.
- carbonated drinks – this includes fizzy water, so just drink still, non-carbonated water instead.
- chocolate (oh no!!) – it contains caffeine I’m afraid, along with tea and coffee, so if you eat a lot of chocolate, I’d suggest cutting down on your consumption.
The thing to bear in mind here is, all foods and drinks will affect everyone slightly differently when it comes to having an over active bladder.
My suggestion would be, if you’re in doubt, simply eliminate some of them from your diet for a few days, and then keep a note of whether your urge to empty your bladder lessens.
I hope you’ve found this article useful. Any questions or queries relating to it’s contents, do get in touch. I’m more than happy to help, as you know.