Most women are prepared for body changes throughout pregnancy – we know there’s weight gain, fluid retention, and stretched-out skin. We don’t immediately expect to bounce back from these things the second baby is born, but the general plan is that we’ll bask in the joy of new baby and slowly bounce back to recovery.
Except then we realize we can’t bounce. Because if we bounce, we’ll pee. Wait, what?
Though weight gain, fluid retention and stretch marks are well known signs of pregnancy and post-partum body, stress urinary incontinence is often part of the package too, except it’s never discussed.
English actress, singer and television personality Claire Sweeney recently commented on this little-known-but-all-too-common phenomenon when she appeared as a guest on talk show Loose Women.
Sweeney, who became a mother to son Jaxon 18 months ago, said: “People think about fat and wobbles, but what about when you pee yourself all the time? Everytime I laugh, cough or sneeze… Tena Lady [incontinence products] are my best friend now. No one talks about it.”
Show panelist Ayda Field immediately identified with Sweeney’s comments, relating that she had an incident where she was jumping up and down that made her decide “no more grey sweatpants….it’s black trousers from now on”.
Thanks ladies, for having this important conversation on your show!
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