• mom and baby with groceries
    Wonder Women

    Loving My Postpartum Body, Leaks and All

    Here at Lily Bird, we feature personal stories written by smarty pants women from our community. That’s because telling your bladder who’s boss is better as a team sport. These women get you. They’re in your corner. And they’re here to remind you that your body isn’t broken. Hey, bodies age, bladders leak, and movie sequels bomb. Right? This week Holly’s here to share how she learned to love her postpartum body, leaks and all. _____________ When my oldest son was just shy of two years old, I started training to become a childbirth educator. At the in-person training, I met a lot of amazing, strong, smart women. Most of…

  • Incontinence

    Does Your Pelvic Prolapse Hang Low?

    Do you remember learning about the pelvic floor in high school anatomy? Chances are, you probably don’t! I sure don’t. The topic wasn’t all that appealing and it didn’t seem relevant back then. But, boy oh, boy, how often things change as we age, right? Today, your pelvic floor is more important than it’s ever been before. More than one-third of American women have a pelvic floor disorder, like pelvic prolapse, and they only become more common as we age. Oof. Toss me some anti-wrinkle cream. What You Missed In Anatomy About The Pelvic Floor Although you’ve been carrying your pelvic floor around with you your entire life, you probably…

  • vacation with bladder training
    Incontinence

    Bladder Training: How To Get Your Bladder On Board With Your Schedule

    Is it just us or is life busier and faster paced than it’s ever been before? Whether you’re traveling and working long hours for your job, caring for the little munchkins you’ve got at home (motherhood is 24/7), or have taken up a new hobby in your “free” time, none of us have a lot of time to spare. As you’re racing around crossing things off your to do list, there’s nothing more frustrating than being disrupted every 30 to 60 minutes by the urge to head to the bathroom. Well, we’ve got some good news for you. You actually can take steps to get your bladder on board with…

  • Asian woman free of overactive bladder
    Bladder Blog

    Gotta Go, Gotta Go! The A-Z On OAB

    The term “overactive bladder” may conjure up pictures of running to the bathroom every five minutes and jokes about peeing more than a race horse, but it’s more than that. Having an overactive bladder can also be super embarrassing, leaving you hiding out from your work and social life in the bathroom. But your life is so much more than hours spent running to a stall; here’s some advice on how you can navigate your overactive bladder. What is overactive bladder? Overactive bladder (OAB) a frequent urge to urinate and NOW. This sense of urgency is the key trait of OAB. It’s estimated that over 33 million people in the…

  • woman doing pelvic floor exercises
    Fitness,  Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor Exercises: What Your Leaky Bladder Is Begging For

    Hey, smarty pants. Your bladder called and it wants you to do some pelvic floor exercises to help with those pesky drips and dribbles. And don’t worry, you won’t even have to hit the gym. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill pump-some-iron workout. What’s a pelvic floor? First, it’s time for a quick anatomy lesson. Ready to head back to the classroom for 2 minutes? Here we go. Your pelvis is located in the lower part of your belly and it includes a number of organs including your uterus, ovaries and — the star of our show — your bladder. Your pelvic floor is an area of muscles that stretch out like…

  • Incontinence

    What’s Your Type? (Of Bladder Leaks)

    There are so many different ways of talking about urination. We’ll say things like “my bladder is full,” “I have to relieve myself,” or even “I need to pee!” Everyone needs to empty their bladders – it’s a normal part of life. But when you find you’re having urine leaks, you may well not want to talk about it. Ladies who leak are often very embarrassed by it. But you’re not alone! Incontinence is very common. 45% of women ages 40-60 — and 1 in 3 women overall — experience bladder leaks. So, millions of women are in your same situation. How your bladder works To understand which of the…

  • Laughing menopausal women
    Hormones,  Incontinence

    Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Menopause & Bladder Leaks

    Rumor has it that life actually begins at 40! That’s right, the gray hairs and the slight creak of your bones signifies that you’ve accumulated assets, memories, and wisdom. While you recognize that this of season of your life may involve night sweats, fatigue, and alarming hot flashes, you still have much to be grateful for. However, there’s just this one thing you weren’t expecting. Nobody told you about the bladder leakage that could accompany menopause — wasn’t incontinence supposed to be an old person problem? Or, is it possible that you’re the only one experiencing this? Trust us, you’re not! We’ll enlighten you on this one menopause symptom that…

  • bladder diary
    Incontinence

    Dear Bladder Diary… “Today I Leaked And Dripped And Dribbled”

    What did I eat? How much did I drink? Why did it happen? Why me? These questions can race through your head after a leak. And why wouldn’t they? There are so many factors that contribute to bladder leaks, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them in your head without feeling crazy. And I, for one, don’t need any help with that. The good news is that keeping a bladder diary can help. It’s a great way to understand your leaks, manage them, and stay sane. Adding another to-do to your list can be a pain, especially in-between trips to the bathroom. But, keeping a bladder diary is something…

  • try a kegel before you laugh
    Fitness,  Incontinence

    How To Kegel Leaks Away, Easy Peasy Squeeze-y

    You’re out with your friends at your 25th high school reunion. Debra from English class seems even funnier than you remember and you can’t stop laughing while reminiscing about Mr. Hedrick’s hideous haircut, even though it’s been 25 years. And then suddenly, it happens. It’s a small leak. You know nobody can see it anything. But you know it’s there, and it’s uncomfortable. Your smile dims a little and you’re suddenly thinking of going home early. Sound familiar? If you’ve been there before, we feel you. And so do millions of other women. The good news is that Kegels can help. How Kegels Help With Leaks Before jumping into Kegels,…

  • lemonade can be a bladder irritant
    Incontinence,  Nutrition

    Don’t Pass The Lemonade: Diet Tips For A Happy Bladder

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But if you get bladder leaks, then you may not want to drink that lemonade. What we eat has a direct impact on how our bladders work. When we eat, food passes through our digestive and urinary system. These systems process what we put into our bodies by eliminating the bad stuff and keeping the good. (Isn’t the human body amazing?). So, if you eat something that’s a bladder irritant, it can give you an urge, even if your bladder isn’t full. Spicy in, spicy out as they say… If you have an overactive bladder or suffer from incontinence, understanding your diet can…