When I was pregnant, I was fortunate to work with a group of women for whom verbal filters did not exist. As soon as they found out I was expecting, they were there to give the the honest to goodness truth on everything from what I should expect during my pregnancy, through my labor and beyond. Lucky for me, they didn’t hold anything back. Loose stools? They covered it. Engorged boobs? Yup, that, too. Light bladder leakage? You betcha. Of course, hearing all of their
horror pregnancy stories, I silently assured myself that I would never, ever, ever go through any of those things. I mean, why would I? I had made it 30 years without losing control of my bladder (except, of course, for those 2 Baby Brandi pre-potty trained years). Like birthing a baby could do all that? Yeah, right.
But, y’all, let me just tell you…carrying an 8 lb. baby in your womb actually does affect your body. I went from being a 120 lb. svelte, active, hot mama chasing after middle schoolers in my summer camp job to, well, still fit, actually. During my 8th and 9th month of pregnancy, I was speed walking up to about 2 miles several times a week. So, you see why I thought those ladies at my job had no clue what they were talking about? Shoot, I still had it! After I really had it, well, her, my how things changed. It wasn’t sudden. I had a c-section, so I was off of my feet for a week after Ayva was born. On our first trip out when my newborn was about 10 days old, I realized something wasn’t quite…right.
Okay, so I had gotten used to the (TMI ALERT!!!) leaking boobs. It was a casualty of nursing. I got that. But, the light bladder leakage(LBL)? Uh, what was THIS? THIS was what those ladies at work had warned me about all of those months ago. Apparently, it wasn’t caused by my child actually breaking my bladder, but rather by the frequency of which I had gone to the restroom while I was carrying said child. I suffered from dehydration, so I could always be found with a 1/2 gallon of water or Gatorade (Oh, I was a suuuuper obnoxious pregnant lady). My overactive bladder was the price that I paid, and light bladder leakage was the receipt. You know, just so that I’d never forget. As if.
How’s my bladder doing now? Well, thanks so much for caring! It’s good, y’all. Now, instead of running after my students, I’m sitting behind a computer for part of the day, and trying to keep up with my 5 year old the other part. I’m not as active as I’d used to be, but when I am (I ran 2 miles in a Fun Run a few weeks ago!), honey, I need something to make sure I don’t end up with (there really is no delicate way to put this, is there?) soggy undies. Menstrual pads are too bulky to wear under tights or yoga pants, and tampons just don’t make sense when you’re talking about light bladder leakage. That’s why Poise Microliners are so good. They’re super light and thin and perfect for occasional LBL. Because, you know, my light bladder leakage is only occasional. Hmph, I still got it!
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Don’t let me be the only one telling all my business, y’all. Please tell me I’m not alone with this LBL issue! Every once in awhile you have to TMI in the comments. Today is that day. Leave your LBL story below!