There are 9 little words that conjure fear in me every time they are uttered by one of my two sweet little boys…
“Mom, will you jump on the trampoline with me?”
If you are a mom, and have squeezed any number of littles out of your lady bits you can probably relate to why those words conjure such fear and embarrassment. I mean how many times do you have to explain that “Mommy pees when she jumps” and exactly WHY that happens “Well, um…there’s this thing called the urethra and….” while they stare at you with a look of horror and digust.
In technical terms, I’m referring to “stress urinary incontinence”. If you are anything like me just the term “stress urinary incontinence” conjures up visions of old people dancing the polka in adult diapers at the nursing home and not something that would happen to a healthy, vibrant 40 something mama like me – right?
But it does happen. In fact it happens to 75% of Canadian women and it happens to ME (insert loud sobbing noises) unfortunately. And I don’t know about you, but I am a little tired of avoiding the trampoline and having to cross my legs when I sneeze.
The other thing I could not quite wrap my head around was ‘Why me?!” – I had 2 caeserans with my boys and my lady bits suffered some stress and strain, but since mine came out the “sunroof” why do I leak when I exercise?!
Well, we can thank pregnancy and childbirth and our pelvic floor for that. The pelvic floor muscles are located between your legs, and run from your pubic bone at the front to the base of your spine at the back. They are shaped like a sling and hold your pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) in place. When the pelvic floor is weak it can lead to issues like stress urinary incontinence, core weakness, and even organ prolapse, Gasp!
Not that it’s stopped me thus far, I’m a really active person and a little urine (I can barely say that with a straight face) isn’t going to stop me. So until recently I would slap on a liner (or two) and get er done, but there has to be a better way, I mean, we are not supposed to just live with leaks right? Are we all destined for a trip to the Urologist’s office or surgery?
Enter POISE Impressa bladder supports. These ingenious little devices were created to help prevent leaks, not just sop them up when they happen. Awesome huh?
They come in 3 sizes, look like a tampon on steroids and are inserted the same way to gently lift and support the urethra. It is this gentle support to the urethra helps prevent urine from leaking. Check out the starter pack which includes all 3 sizes to test drive which size works for you!
So mamas, please talk to your doctor or a local pelvic floor physio if you are having issues with stress urinary incontinence, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and Poise Impressa can help. So they next time my boys ask me to jump with them, I’m ready to go! And from now on the only 9 words my sweet boys could utter that will conjure fear in me will be …
“Mom, Daddy just finished the last bottle of wine”