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"What’s anal incontenence?”

Otherwise known as problems of the poo-ing kind, anal or fecal incontinence refers to the uncontrolled passing of gas or poo.  Luckily, if you have young kids around you can blame the funny smells on them. 

“How could this possibly happen?” you ask.  Well, during your delivery the nerves or muscles in your pelvic floor that work together to keep your poo and farts inside you may have been hurt or damaged. 

It’s probably not your first choice of issues to be dealing with when you’re trying to breastfeed, look after your kids or go back to work.  But sadly, it’s one of the realities of having a child (oops, someone forgot to tell us that!).

Injury to the anal sphincter is regrettably one of the most common injuries sustained during vaginal childbirth, writes Dr. Magnus Murphy in Pelvic Health & Childbirth.

OK, so it can be downright depressing buying diapers for your child and for yourself.  Take comfort in the fact that bum problems after having a baby are reasonably common and there are now more options for getting help.  So don’t be embarrassed, talk to your doctor and get help

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