"I've had (insert number here) kids, I'm used to peeing my pants by now."
I am sure you have heard this, or maybe you have said this, and guess what? That's OK!!! But I am going to let you in on a little secret...did you know that it is not 'normal' to pee your pants after having kids?
Incontinence is involuntary the leakage of urine or fecal matter from the body (fecal incontinence is less common that urinary, but still a possibility). There are a few different types of incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence: leakage during running, jumping, laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc.
- Urgency Incontinence: when you have the sudden urge to go to the bathroom and if you
do not go NOW, you will pee your pants.
- Mixed Incontinence: A mixture of both of the above.
A study done in Australia found that one in two women walking into a gym had symptoms of urinary leakage. It has also been found that women who do not suffer incontinence following pregnancy have a high chance of developing these symptoms 5+ years postpartum (CPPC manual, 2018).
None if this information is to scare you, it is to simply inform you of the facts. Many women suffer from some form of incontinence in their lives and yet do not talk about it. I encourage you to talk about it. Most importantly, talk to a pelvic floor physiotherapist or your gynecologist about these symptoms so a plan can be put in place to help decrease your symptoms. You should not have to live your life worried about whether there will be a bathroom where you're going or needing to wear a pad "just in case".
Incontinence is common, but that does not mean it is 'normal'. Spread the word!
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