Updated 31 January 2018

My pregnant bladder

When the writer fell pregnant, her urologist warned her that she'd be spending the entire nine months on the loo' - this is a pregnancy side-effect no-one tells you about.

Just discovered that you're pregnant? Amid the congratulations, everyone will be tripping over themselves to tell you about morning-sickness, stretch-marks and heartburn.  But will they remember to tell you about how much your bladder shrinks?

Read more about the those changes here, and make sure you're never too far from the facilities.

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Dr Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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