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During pregnancy, it seems like everyone from your best friend to complete strangers wants to talk about what is happening to your body. It’s awkward, but when I was a first time mom I learned so many things I didn’t know I needed to know.
After pregnancy ends, the conversation stops and you are left to, more or less, fend for yourself. There’s one conversation no one is having though and it’s leaving post-partum moms in the dark.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leakage (LBL), common little leaks that can be triggered by exercise, laughing, coughing and sneezing?
Chances are, even if you haven’t experienced LBL, you know someone who has.
I was one of the lucky ones for a long time. You hear the jokes about jumping on trampolines after having kids. I thought they were exaggerated.
The joke is funny until you realize it’s true.
After my twins were born I had a long recovery period. I’d had a hard pregnancy that involved bedrest and preterm labor. My twins were breech so I had a c-section.
It took a long time before I was ready to start thinking about losing the baby weight.
Finally, after months of needing to pull myself up out of bed because my poor ab muscles were too weak I decided it was time to start making an effort to get back in shape.
I pulled my tennis shoes on, loaded the babies up in the double stroller, and went for a very slow run.
Halfway through I realized I had a problem. Apparently my ab muscles weren’t the only muscles that needed a bit of strengthening.
With every (painfully slow) stride I took, I noticed my bladder was leaking. Leaking. As in I was peeing my pants as I ran.
My first thought was, “oh my goodness. My body is broken forever!”
My second thought was, “But I had a c-section. This isn’t supposed to happen with a c-section!”
I’d had 4 kids before my twins without a problem but my twins did me in.
No more trampolines for me.
I went to my doctor, who had made it clear she thought I had way too many kids, when she told me, “well, that’s what happens when you have 6 kids.”
I started wearing period pads to prevent any embarrassing situations but period pads are not designed for LBL.
I felt betrayed by my body. I could deal with the stretch marks and extra weight, the breastmilk stains on my shirt and bags under my eyes. But this was too much.
I was embarrassed and convinced that I was the only one who had ever dealt with the issue of LBL.
My issue went away by the time my twins had their first birthday but I wish I had known then what I know now. It would have saved me from body-shaming myself.
Fortunately, this subject that has been taboo for so long is finally being talked about. It’s common. Lots of women deal with it.
It doesn’t make us broken.
The Poise brand has teamed up with Brooke Burke-Charvet to help educate women about LBL and empower them to seize their Poise moment – that exact point where they stop letting leaks interrupt their lives and reach for products, like Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads – designed for their personal need.
LBL does not have to stop you from doing the things that you love, whether that is going for a run or jumping on the trampoline with your kids.
New Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads are the thinnest pads available for LBL. They are up to 40 percent thinner than original Poise brand pads and stay three times drier than leading period pads.
What that really means, is you can stop thinking about LBD and get back to living your life.
Visit www.Poise.com to learn more and request a sample, so you too can seize your Poise moment.