I was 26 when I started teaching full time and it was a running joke among my colleagues that I had a bladder “built for teaching”. That was their humorous way of pointing out that I probably took the fewest bathroom breaks of all the teachers on the floor. Frankly, it wasn’t easy to take a bathroom break unless I wanted to hang out in the girl’s room with my students. Luckily, I was a pro at holding it until my break at lunch.
Fast forward to the last few months I was pregnant with Josh and teaching on the third floor when the closest “adult” bathroom was on the second floor. Calling down to the office for someone to watch my class while I bolted down the stairs praying the bathroom was unoccupied wasn’t the best plan with an overactive baby using my bladder as a punching bag. I wound up dragging my entire class to stand in the hall while I dashed (okay – waddled) in and used the girl’s room more times than I care to recall. But hey – I made it, right?
Then I had Josh and spent almost four hours pushing before my doctor managed to Hoover him out and things haven’t been quite the same since.
People tell you all kinds of things about your post baby experience. Postpartum depression is discussed fairly openly and I had random strangers wanting to discuss nursing techniques but no one ever brought up light bladder leakage (LBL), not even my doctor. Suddenly I found that I no longer had the steel bladder I had come to depend on. I found that if I waited a little to long to use the bathroom and then laughed too hard or sneezed, I might be in trouble.
I had no idea that this could happen or what to use for it.
Now that I’m older and more worldly (yep – that’s what I’m going to call it!!) I know that there are products made specifically for this issue. Poise Microliners are perfect for situations just like the one I described. Poise Microliners have SAM (Super Absorbent Material) that allows they to remain super thin while providing the kind of protection moms with LBL need. They are so thin and discreet, no one has to know you are wearing them unless you want to share your secret.
No matter what your needs, Poise has got you covered. But you don’t have to just take my word for it, give them a try yourself with this free sample offer.
Thanks to Poise for partnering with me for this post. All opinions are my own.