By LOUISE BRIMMS
“Mum! Mum! Come play with us on the trampoline!!” I would cringe when I heard those words being yelled to me from the backyard. Not because I didn’t want to jump around with my children on the trampoline, but because I did. But “stuff” happens when I bounce up and down on that contraption. Stuff that never used to happen to me before I gave birth to three children.
LBL. Light bladder leakage. I’m sure I don’t have to break it down any further than that for you, it’s fairly self-explanatory.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Poise. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Thing is, the trampoline wasn’t my first glimpse into the light bladder leakage world. I used to skip a great deal before I had children. Not skipping as in gaily skipping the corner shop, but skipping with a rope, on the spot. It was both my fitness and my fun and let’s just say, had there been a skipping rope Olympics, I would have been a contender.
One day, between having child number two and child number three, I wandered out into the backyard to get started on a new fitness routine. I’d gotten grossly unfit in between and decided this was the easiest way to pick it back up. I started to skip and felt something “happen” below. I looked around, sure someone had just played a joke on me. What kind of joke I’m not exactly sure, I just knew something didn’t feel right down there. I started back up again and there it was again. Holy crap, had I just WET myself? It wasn’t a lot, but I had definitely just weed in my pants. This would be fine if I weren’t 29 years of age!
I ran inside, changed my underpants and sat on my bed and waited. Waited for what exactly I’m not sure. The sky to fall? So I did the next best thing, I went to the computer and did what every self-respecting adult does in the age of internet, I Googled. I soon discovered what it was and why it was happening and happening to me. I also discovered that I was far from alone and that in fact, 1 in 3 ladies experience Light Bladder Leakage at some time during their lives.
This is usually brought on by some kind of physical activity (jumping on a trampoline for instance) or as my friend admitted to me, when she sneezes. She actually crosses her legs when she feels a sneeze coming on, she just has to.