Living in the moment worry free [w/ Poise]

Monday, April 2, 2018

A few weeks ago I took my kids to a birthday party at one of those jumpy, bouncy trampoline places. The plan was for Ayden and Lily to go off and play, and I'd hang back with the two little ones and let them play in the kiddie area while I visited with other moms at the party. That lasted all of about 10 minutes until Harper, my 3 1/2 year old, realized that there was more fun beyond the kiddie zone. She wanted to go on the big trampolines...with mommy. I told her I couldn't because someone had to stay with her little brother Josiah. Just then, Lily came up to me and pointed out that maybe one of the other moms could watch Josiah and I could come bounce with them just for a few minutes. Sure enough, another mom offered to keep an eye on him and urged me to go ahead, but I kept fumbling for excuses. Thankfully, I remembered that I wasn't wearing socks, so I couldn't jump anyway (socks are required at the trampoline place) so my kids went off with Harper and I sat there thanking my lucky stars that I didn't have to go jump with them. I'm not opposed to having fun, but I am opposed to peeing my pants in public, and how was I going to explain that one to my kids? 

Yep. I said it. And here, we have the not-so-fun side of motherhood- dealing with LBL, or light bladder leakage,  especially after childbirth. LBL is not something women like to discuss. Heck, I'm not really enthused on telling the entire world that I'm a 30-something mom of four and that I occasionally pee my pants when I sneeze, cough, laugh really hard, or jump on a trampoline, but that's reality. In fact, it's more common than you think: 1 in 3 women suffer from LBL. If you're like me and have ever had to deal with occasional light bladder leakage, read on.

What causes LBL? 

Pressure during pregnancy and labor/delivery weaken your pelvic floor and can damage the nerves that control your bladder. Sneezing, coughing, laughing, or jumping might cue LBL. A lot of these problems with bladder control go away on their own after the muscles have time to heal, but many women still have LBL for months and even years after having a baby. I experienced LBL after the birth of Harper, and then I never strengthened up those muscles before having Josiah shortly there after. I've been crossing my legs for every sneeze, cough, & giggle fit a lot lately! Even if you aren't a mom and haven't had children, chances are you may have or will later experience some kind of light bladder leakage at some time or another.

 Tips for dealing with LBL

First off, protect yourself! Don't end up with wet pants and don't end up sitting on the sideline and miss out on having fun with your kids like I did. Wearing a discreet pantyliner or pad like the Poise® Pads with ContourFIT is your first line of defense. These pads are thin and absorbent, so no one is going to see them or know that you're wearing one. I've worn these pads in tight jeggings and I promise- the only one who knew I was wearing one was me. They're designed to be softly curved to help prevent bunching, and they're wider in the front and back to keep you protected. They're super comfortable too and have a dry touch layer for added leak protection, as well as an absorb-loc core to quickly lock away any hint of wetness or odors. The packaging is small and discreet so you can easily stash a couple of these trusted pads in your purse, diaper bag, center car console, or gym bag.

Besides protecting yourself from leaks, you can also strengthen the pelvic muscles by doing Kegel exercises. Exercising your pelvic floor muscles regularly can help reduce or cure stress leakage, and you can do them anywhere. You may also want to talk to your doctor and let him or her know you are suffering from LBL so you can determine the specific cause (if you're unsure). Don't be embarrassed- this is nothing new to your doctor! Remember, it's very common. 1 in 3 women experience LBL!

These kids are so active. I love chasing them around in the backyard, going for hikes, pushing the double stroller on the way to the playground, and yes, even jumping on the trampoline with them now.

No more sitting on the sidelines for me! I'm not going to let LBL keep me from having fun with my kids or make me miss another special moment. The next time one of my kids asks me to jump on a trampoline, guess what? Mama's getting on that trampoline and I'm going to jump! And yeah, I might pee a little bit, but I can jump confidently and know that no one else around me has to know about my LBL. Poise® Pads with ContourFIT will have my back- and they can have yours too!

Make sure to grab a coupon for Poise® products (perfect for women with light bladder leaks). Whether you prefer absorbent pads and liners, or Poise® Impressa® Bladder Supports, a non-absorbent solution that helps stop leaks before they start, Poise® has a wide variety of options for your LBL needs. Live in the moment worry-free! 

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