Does having a baby cause urinary incontinence?

Yes. It can, but don’t panic. If you lose bladder control after having a baby, the problem often goes away by itself. Your muscles may just need time to recover.
Being pregnant also can cause leakage due to:

  • pressure of the pregnancy on the bladder and pelvic muscles
  • vaginal delivery
  • episiotomy (the cut in the muscle that makes it easier for the baby to come out)
  • damage to bladder control nerves

If you still have bladder problems six weeks after having your baby, talk to your doctor. Without treatment, lost bladder control can become a long-term problem. Leaking can also result from some medical conditions, including neurologic injury, birth defects, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and physical problems associated with aging.Sometimes bladder control problems show up years after you’ve had your baby. Some women do not have problems until later, often in their 40’s.Unborn babies push down on the bladder, urethra (tube that you urinate from) and pelvic muscles.