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Pelvic Floor Muscle Training During Pregnancy to Prevent Urinary Incontinence

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:35

Three hundred one healthy nulliparous women were randomly allocated to a training (n = 148) or a control group (n = 153). The training group attended a 12-week intensive pelvic floor muscle training program during pregnancy, supervised by physiotherapists. The control group received the customary information. The primary outcome measure was self-reported symptoms of urinary incontinence.

Conclusion:   Intensive pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy prevents urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after delivery. Pelvic floor muscle strength improved significantly after intensive pelvic floor muscle training.


Morkved S, Bo K, Schei B, Salvesen KA   Pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy to prevent urinary incontinence: a single-blind randomized controlled trial   Obstet Gynecol 2003 (Feb);   101 (2):   313-319