My mom had 3 c/s (1 with labor, 2 elective, in 3 1/2 years, big babies) and she never once jumped on our trampoline when we were kids... Claiming she would pee.
I grew up thinking that was completely absurd and my mom was just making lame excuses for not playing with us.
And then.... I had kids.... big ones, lots of them, really close together... And I totally get it now
I think it depends on all sorts of stuff. Size and position of baby in pregnancy. Labor. Amount of weight gained. And good old genetics.
I've had 2 vaginal births and never had a problem with incontinence (yet) However, I am a but leaky when I am pregnant. I have never flat out peed my pants, and I have jumped on a trampoline. It actually seems to me like a really odd thing for your friend to brag about.
Yeah, I do think there are a lot of factors involved besides vaginal vs. cesarean. I have never had the best bladder control, and I don't think having kids has really made it worse, but I do have some other pelvic floor issues. If anyone is interested, the Stand and Deliver blog did a series of review on a product called the Intima LaSelle Kegel Exerciser (http://intimina.com/en/kegel-exercis...elle.php)--the way I explained it to my husband is "It's like a weight for exercising the vagina." The blog gave out free samples of the exerciser for those who were willing to write a review. You can find the five reviews here: http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/search/...duct%20reviews. Four out of the five reviewers say they saw improvement in their pelvic floor. The exerciser only costs $13 online. I have been thinking about buying one.
Interestingly enough it can improve too. I agree though, I don't think it's just how you give birth that causes issues. My first I never had a problem with after, my second I leaked for several months before I got my pelvic floor strengthened back up, and after this last one, I never leaked after the first couple weeks. The difference, my second sat on my bladder the WHOLE pregnancy. That was about the only difference between the 3. They were all vaginal births, though I will admit this last one, my home birth was the fastest recovery of my bladder, my first birth was a little more difficult thanks to the catheter that was put in when I got the epi but it mainly left me feeling like I always had to pee rather than leaking issues. lol.
Now if I wait too long to pee then yeah I pee myself but honestly I have always had that issue, I think most people do if they wait too long.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
TTC in fall/winter of 2014
I've had 4 vaginal births and no issues so I'd have to agree that it's more than just vaginal vs section. I imagine this is like the 'breastfeeding makes your boobs saggy'thing. Seems as though weeks of a growing baby sitting on your bladder and beating your pelvic floor to a pulp would have more of an impact than a few hours of labor
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
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I had a c/s with DS after 24 hours of labor. I'm fine with everyday activities, but ask me to do jumping jacks and I will totally leak (that was fun to learn in the middle of Stroller Strides class). Totally not wanting to try a trampoline now! lol.
Interesting about the nuns! I never thought that bladder issues were a vag vs c/s issue, but just the nature of being pregnant rather.