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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1998 Apr;105(4):400-2.

Incidence of urinary incontinence and constipation during pregnancy and postpartum: survey of current findings at the Rotunda Lying-In Hospital.

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Rotunda Lying In Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of pregnancy upon continence and constipation.

DESIGN:

A questionnaire survey.

SETTING:

Maternity wards in the Rotunda Lying In Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

POPULATION:

7771 women who were delivered of liveborn infants.

METHODS:

Questionnaires were delivered and collected by physiotherapy staff as part of routine postnatal care.

RESULTS:

Analysis of data using chi2 tests showed significant differences between three parity groups [primigravidae, multigravidae (2-4) and multigravidae (5+)] for symptoms of both urinary incontinence (chi2 = 119.54, df = 2, P = 0.000) and constipation (chi2 = 12.53, df = 3, P = 0.002); the incidence of both constipation and urinary incontinence increased with parity.

CONCLUSION:

The results of this survey have emphasised the relation between parity and postpartum incontinence which stresses the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.

PMID:
9609265
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