One of my pet peeves about pregnancy is the leaking issues from a mixture of boob leakage and wee leakage it’s not all fun and games, in fact as I posted recently there are some things I wish people had told me about before pregnancy!
Thats why I was not surprised with the recent research Always Discreet have undertaken, apart from the little accidents late in my pregnancies I have been rather lucky in the grand scheme of things.
In a society where women are no longer defined by their age, 1 in 5 of British women admit that they feel younger than their actual age, however the same can’t be said for women who suffer from sensitive bladder with nearly half (42%) saying that they feel older than they really are as a direct result of their condition and can so see how this could be the case.
When I suffered with this condition in my pregnancies to say I became paranoid might be a slight understatement, I was worried at everything that might make me leak, coughing, laughing and even sneezing and it did affect how I lived!
The Always Discreet study reveals several aspects of my own feelings when I suffered with the condition, such as:
• Nearly half (44%) lack the confidence to wear the clothes they want to wear
• 1 in 3 (37%) would exercise more if they didn’t leak
• 3 in 4 women hold back from talking to their healthcare professional about urinary incontinence ( I was one of those women!)
• Sensitive bladder ranks as one of the top reasons they feel older, along with grey hair and wrinkles.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, practicing GP and Always Discreet campaign ambassador comments: “Not being able to dress, travel, exercise or live the way you want can be an everyday experience for so many women. Not only that, but even though 1 in 3 women in the UK over the age of 18 experience the condition, it is still wrongly associated with old age and this misperception can leave women feeling embarrassed, alone and much older than they really are”
So in banishing the myth and taboo behind the condition what can we do to help ourselves after all helping ourselves is the first step forward:
Talk – Talking is the first step, in many cases a resolve for the condition can be found, however if you’re not talking about it no one will know to help!
Set Times – Maybe setting a timetable for toilet breaks might be the way forward, after all your bladder is trainable!
Don’t Avoid Drinking – The first response for many is to stop drinking as much, don’t it will only make your wee stronger and irritate your bladder more!
But Drink Wisely – Not all drinks will help, coffee, alcohol and fizzy pop can make matters worse, if your bladder is sensitive it won’t thank you for any of those drinks and its you that will pay the price!
Regular Exercise – I am not talking full on marathon runs, try taking things down a notch and including Pilates, Yoga or cycling … all low impact but great for core strength but won’t putt too much stress on your pelvic floor.
DO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES DAILY – They can massively help, and no one will know you’re doing them so you can fit them into your day easily!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post