Picture the scene: You’ve finally got your non-sleeping toddler to sleep after a mammoth night of wakings and as you look at them all angel-face snoozing, you feel your nose twitch and that sharp inhalation of breath that only comes with one thing: a monster sneeze. Then, pregnancy incontinence.
So like any parent, you somehow manage to sneeze inwards to make the least noise despite it feeling like your whole body is going to explode into tiny pieces. Add that to being seven months’ pregnant with a pelvic floor that’s seen better days and voila!, you’ve slightly peed your pants.
And no, it’s not the first time. Throughout this pregnancy, my second no less, I’ve been blessed with the worst bout of hay fever and a testing pelvic floor.
I’ll be chatting to my husband and suddenly freeze, brace my whole body and pray to the PF gods that my undercrackers escape unscathed. And while I might be alone in wanting to write about the intimacies of my nether regions, rest assured I know I’m not the only one facing this constant battle.
In fact, one in three women out there right now are living in fear of esca-pee.