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Three incidences. That was how many it took before I could no longer avoid the fact that light bladder leakage was becoming a bit of issue for me.
No, not a huge problem – but it was definitely “a thing” and something I realised I could no longer avoid addressing.
My realisations came to me in this order:
1. Star jumps.
As a fun “warm up” to get us motivated before we start the day, our team leader had us do, as part of a warm up, some star jumps. I jokingly said “Oh, but you’ll make me wet my pants.” And then I did wet my pants. It was no longer a joking matter.
My family went to one of those indoor trampolining places. Now, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with these, but it’s this amazing indoor area with about 30 in-built trampolines designed to be used to, well, jump on. It’d been some time since I’d been on one myself so I was extra keen when my 8-year-old invited me to join him. We held hands and started to bounce, our mission to see how far in the air we could propel ourselves. Three bounces on that baby and I knew I was in trouble.
3. Laughing too hard.
I met up with my two best girlfriends in the way that only old friends can – those times when you find yourself on the floor, in tears, laughing and suddenly not only are you laughing, you are casually peeing your pants at the same time. Well, I was. And I was mortified.
The more I tried to stop, the more I told my girlfriends that I was peeing my pants, the more they laughed and the more I laughed and the more it went around in a vicious circle.
So, as you can see, my everyday life and pelvic floor were suddenly very much working against me. Firstly, the thing that I realised was this: I am far from alone. You are far from alone. In fact, light bladder leakage is common even among healthy, fit women in their 20s and 30s – and one in three women will experience it at some point. It’s just that most of us are too embarrassed to admit it.