Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'm too young to pee my pants

**Please pardon me while I take a step back from breastfeeding and post about something that is happening RIGHT NOW!**


Pelvic Floor weakness.
Weak bladder.
Urinary Incontinence


Sometimes I think I might need to re potty train MYSELF! I mean REALLY....For the love of the big white potty! Why is it after having two nummie lovers do I find myself (errr well my bladder) less and less....well..... trust worthy?! I mean really! I AM TOO YOUNG TO PEE MY PANTS! You see.... I am fighting a cold (thank you Pooker and Loving Husband!) Oh how loverly it is to cough and cough and cough, run for a tissue (run and run and run), criss cross and squeeze my legs together and sneeze and sneeze and sneeze. ONLY to find I have just pee-peed myself! It is one thing to "leak" from my nummie makers, that I am cool with. But this?????? SO NOT cool with this!

(If you remember my BIGGEST pet peeve post about BOOGERS then you know how horrid it is for me and my family have a cold. I mean ewwwwwwwww.)

But now add to that a less than reliable bladder (when it comes to sneezing) and I find myself entering a whole new world of ewwwww.

I have tried the whole panty liner thing.... those don't work for this "issue." And I refuse to wear a pad while I am "less than healthy." So what is a sniffling, sneezing, coughing, nose blowing, panty changing Mummie to do?! I have tried to make sure I am "empty" before I sneeze. But there are just some sneezing moments that you can not predict and racing to the bathroom (to beat the sneeze) is not always do-able!

I mean it feels like my water breaking all over again. With Kit Kat it even broke when I sneezed! (I had a trickle when it broke..... not a gush.) If I felt like I was gushing while sneezing.......... oh man! That would be nasty! I would for sure have to go to Big Girl Potty Training Class.

Does this happen to you? Please tell me I am NOT alone. P L E A S E!!!!!!

This is a normal reaction after having children, getting older... yada yada yada. So that is a good thing! (I guess.)
There are some things you can do to help fix it.

What To Expect has some simple tips on how to correct this "leaky" problem.

  1. Do your Kegels, do your Kegels, do your Kegels! Try to work up to three sets of 30 Kegel exercises a day.
  2. Start shedding those pregnancy pounds sensibly, since all those extra pounds are still putting pressure on your bladder.
  3. Train your bladder to behave. Urinate every 30 minutes — before you have the urge, in other words — and then try to extend the time between pees each day.
  4. Try to avoid constipation after pregnancy, so full bowels don't put added pressure on your bladder.
  5. Keep drinking at least eight glasses of fluids every day (cutting back on water to control the peeing only makes you vulnerable to dehydration and urinary tract infections).
  6. Avoid coffee, citrus, tomatoes, soft drinks, and alcohol — all of which can irritate your bladder and make urine harder to control.
  7. Pads can help absorb leaking urine (no tampons, please — they don't block the flow of urine and they're off-limits during the postpartum period anyway).
  8. As a last line of defense, do Kegels or cross your legs when you feel the need to cough or sneeze, or when you're about to laugh or lift something heavy. 

So shout out.... have you had (or do you have) this leaky problem? I leak-yed this morning when I sneezed! DARN SNEEZING!



  1. Totally not alone! I can't stand it!!

  2. You are not alone. And it started after my first was born. I was only 16 and did kegals religiously (which now they are saying could have been harmful). My 3rd is nearly a year old and while it's not so often that it happens while sneezing now...we just got the kids a can see where this is going. On that same note. Shortly after my youngest was born I got a nasty case of pertusis. I peed myself all the freaking time with those horrible coughing fits. So no, you are not alone. Not by a long shot.

  3. I only have one child, so I'm not there yet, but I do have a lot of post-void dribbling :( I get up after peeing, and if I'm not prepared for it (with toilet tissue), I end up with dribble in my undies (sometimes pants, too). It really stinks >.<

  4. OMGOSH!! I never had a bladder problem, but during my third pregnancy I all of a sudden had potty issues, which has gotten worse after birth. My LO is 13 mo old now and I cannot make it to the potty if it was right next to me *sigh*. I was told that if you are overweight, then this could be a problem for you. I'm a whopping 95lbs(not trying to brag here) just saying that it happens to small people as well. I find the worst moments are as I reach to unlock my house door or go to get the LO out of his car seat to carry in the house or even better just after going potty and walk out of the house to leave, it will hit me all of a sudden. Niagra has nothing on me!!

  5. That happened to me while I was pregnant. Once it happened to me in a store and everyone thought my water broke including me and I came back from the bathroom to announce I had peed myself hahah! It stopped after I had my daughter, but I heard it happens more the more kids you have so we'll see how I'm doing in a few years lol! Oh and I have heard the Kegals exercise helps. Good luck!

  6. Not alone. Though thankfully one child took that exit so I'm not as stretched out as I could be. Perhaps try wearing a tampon? Otherwise I'm afraid a pad is your only other option unless you want to go to depends. I know, not an appealing idea either. But better than wetting yourself!

  7. I never had a problem with it until just two months ago....and yes, always with a sneeze. At first I thought my body was playing tricks on me because I would only sneeze when I was crouched down to pick something up or get something out of a low cupboard. Now it happens anytime I sneeze. I'm hoping that it goes away when Peanut comes, but I know that it's a chance that it won't. Talk to your Doctor (if you have one that you are comfortable with). They have these little bell bar type things that are used to strengthen pelvic and Kegel muscles. Also, TENA makes a really good pantyliner that works well. They are made for bladder leakage which absorbs differently than regular pantyliners and pads.

  8. Happened to me while I was preggers...I am praying it gets better for all those it happens to on a regular basis after having children! And I'm also praying it doesn't happen to me! LOL.


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