Little Leaks: No Laughing Matter?

Do you pee just a little when you laugh? There is a fantastic solution for mild incontinence that may surprise you.

I recently had the opportunity to attend an absolutely fabulous birthday party with my 9 year old son and and 6 year old daughter. They were invited by their classmates to the Nanaimo Airhouse and *bonus* the invitation was extended to parents as well! To be honest, I haven’t jumped on a trampoline in years, but was pleased to discover that I still have some “lit”trampoline skills! (I may be exaggerating every so slightly on that point). We had so much fun! We were bouncing like crazy and jumping to and from platforms. There were big square trampolines and smaller rectangle ones. Some were extra bouncy and others were angled sideways! There was even a trampoline with a trampoline roof! What?!? So awesome!

Well, awesome for some anyways. The kids and men – for sure!

The women are another story.

For roughly 1/2 of us, a trampoline park is frightening at best and downright impossible at worst! After certain physical changes (such as those that occur with pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and age) many women experience mild “stress” incontinence. For these women, anything from laughing to jumping (double-unders at crossfit are my personal nemesis) induces a most unpleasant series of bladder leaks.

Here are a few standard suggestions:

1

Don’t do anything that will induce a leak, such as: jumping, lifting weights, skipping and running.
(they might as well suggest that we not bother with fitness or fun! Seriously!?)

2

Don’t drink anything that will irritate the bladder, such as: coffee or alcohol.
(since both are diuretics and caffeine may irritate your bladder)

3

Do your kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor.

4

Talk to your doctor about other options.

In other words, the standard suggestions are completely useless!

Unless you are willing to give up your daily boost of caffeine and all forms of fun? I guess there may be *something* to those suggestions. Kegels, of course, are helpful and it never hurts to discuss your situation with your doctor.

Personally, I am simply not willing to give up my morning coffee and I honestly don’t believe that an occasional glass of wine has an effect either! My “problem” is that I had two beautiful babies and I love lifting weights! And running! And skipping… and going to birthday parties where I get to jump on trampolines!

In January 2017, together with my sister and mom, I launched a brand new company: Blushing Bluebird Essentials.

Bluebird Pads are my answer to the incontinence problem that many women face. We created comfortable, reusable organic feminine pads that are completely safe and non-irritating for daily wear. Bluebird Pads are made from organic cotton + waterproof barrier. They are super thin and feel just like a pair of undies.  Simply pop into a Bluebird or other wet bag after use and add to your next load of laundry! Wear. Wash/Dry. Repeat.

For daily wear, I recommend a Petite Thong (great for the gym) or one of our Classic sized pads (increased incontinence protection for the trampoline park!) Goodbye sitting on the sideline!

Hello, Bluebirds, let's fly!