Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Poise®, but all opinions are my own.
Motherhood. Something I cherish so very deeply and wouldn’t change for the world. It’s something as a little girl that I dreamed of, longed for and couldn’t wait to get started! But what they don’t tell you, after so many pregnancies and babies is that things change. Things really change.
What things exactly? Well, I’ll tell you. Sneezing. Laughing. Coughing. Peeing. After so many pregnancies and births I dare you do to any of those things properly from now on! I can assure you, they won’t be the same as they once were. I can’t sneeze without crossing my legs, I can’t laugh hard without looking around wondering “does anyone notice that?” and I can’t cough when I’m sick without thinking I should just sit on the toilet all day long!
What can you do about it? Not much! I’ve learned to embrace it, and it’s actually turned into some what of an “aha” thing for our family. Every time I sneeze my kids wait to see my reaction. If I have a cough, it’s a “let’s stop and see what mom does” type of moment. And when I’m laughing, it’s just common knowledge that if I’m laughing too hard I’ll have to excuse myself and head to the bathroom! Guess what? I don’t mind. It is what it is, and I’ve embraced it because after having so many kids, and my life being so full of love and light, does it really matter? Small issues like light bladder leakage (LBL) won’t stop me! I won’t be forced to change my life, or do things differently because my bladder is a bit weaker than it once was!
My favorite activity is walking, talking and laughing with friends. The last time I did this we were having a conversation about the time I went to the park with my kids and we all decided to race each other around and see who was the fastest. Of course, mom had to get in on the action because I cannot let my 13-year-old think he’s faster than his mom, who not only did track and field in school but also cross country and knows she’s speedy. Well, that was a mistake. He of course beat me by less than a second and we started to joke around about who won, who didn’t and of course LBL struck and this time is was unavoidable! I was on the ground laughing and joking around and it just happened! Oops.
My friends think this is probably the funniest story they’ve heard in a long while apparently, and I just can’t help but laugh at myself too because, why be ashamed? If I hadn’t have had seven pregnancies, and seven children I wouldn’t be who I am today and wouldn’t have such a happy family that I adore to pieces. The LBL is just another chapter in my story, and a story I wouldn’t change for the world!
Told you! Things change. Before my children I’d never think that LBL would strike me. At least not at age 30! I was never told that one of the things I’d have to deal with would be so embarrassing, because let’s face it, pee can be embarrassing when it’s not expected, and when you’re out and about… But it doesn’t have to be!
Being confident and carefree after seven babies is something I take pride in. I’m not scared to laugh, or joke, or run! I’m ready for that unexpected sneeze or cough to hit, thanks to Poise®! With Poise Thin-Shape Pads*, I don’t have to worry and can go about my daily life feeling confident and carefree!
I can laugh. I can go for long walks or jogs with friends. And I can chat about the good, the bad and the ugly. I don’t have to cross my legs when I feel a sneeze coming on. I can be confident, and so can you. You too can Seize Your #PoiseMoment and get out to do the things you love, or the things you miss doing because it is impossible to do it confidently!
Many women are embarrassed to talk about it, but LBL is very common and it’s very easy to deal with. Did you know that when I brought this up with my friends, three out of five of them could relate and said they deal with the same thing? Who knew!
You can work out, stay busy, get dinner on the table, have a good laugh and deal with a rough cold with confidence. Using Poise® has raised my confidence level to something I didn’t think I’d ever get back. When my kids say, “Let’s go to the park,” I’m ready to go to the park! I don’t have to worry about if my pants are black or if my drink of water will end up badly. It just doesn’t happen anymore. Being pregnant a seventh time you’d think it would be the No. 1 thing on my mind right now, but it’s not. Imagine sitting on public transit like the bus or subway, and being about 20 minutes away from your doctors appointment and having to pee SO BADLY when you feel a sneeze come on… Been there, done that and guess what? I walked off that bus as confident as I did when I got on! Can you relate?
Have you ever been embarrassed by bladder leaks? What helped you feel more confident?