Pregnancy is filled with unexpected experiences. Some are manageable and some are downright embarrassing. When I first found out I was pregnant, people had many things to say about backaches, sleepless nights, swollen feet, skin discoloration and stretch marks. They definitely warned me of those common ailments. No one mentioned the not-so-glamorous, uncontrollable bladder leakages. In my humble opinion, this has to be the worst part of being pregnant.
As I enter my 36th week, I find my bladder getting weaker and weaker. Despite the Kegel exercises and frequent trips to the urination station, I cannot manage keeping the drips and drops from coming. Yes, this subject is quite embarrassing, but I feel it is my duty to warn all expectant mothers that you will have a leak once or twice throughout your pregnancy. You may even have a full-blown accident!
My advice to all the pregnant women out there is to always wear a pantiliner and keep a spare pair of clean underwear in your car’s glove compartment and in your purse. Your leaks will increase the closer you get to your due date, so be prepared for a possible accident.
My additional advice: Laugh about your unexpected leakages. This week, I leaked mid-cough while watching television. Instead of laughing about it, I became very upset about something I could not control. It really did not help the situation. Laughter and making jokes are probably the best ways to overcome this problem. And Kegel exercises.
I would love to hear your leakage stories, if you dare to share them! Do you have any advice for overcoming this challenge? Please share your stories and advice.