• sugar and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Pour A Little Sugar On

    The holidays are here. Welcome to the season awkward family photos and sugar filled delights like cranberry sauce and fudge. While those sugary snacks sure are delicious, sugar and other sweeteners can irritate your bladder and lead to leaks. We’ve got the scoop on all things sweet and leaky. It’s All The Same To Your Bladder Going down the aisles at your grocery store, you’ll likely see a lot of different kinds of sweeteners. From “all natural” or “replacement” sugars to the kind of artificial sweeteners that have been around for decades. As far as your bladder is concerned, there’s no difference between these sweeteners. Some studies even show that…

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    Incontinence

    Backed Up & Bothered: Constipation & Leaks

    If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve experienced what it feels like to be backed up. The abdominal discomfort, physiological distress, and the urge to let go of what’s been holding you back. Yes, that’s constipation for you. However, that’s not all it brings with it. Have you ever noticed that leaks are more common when you’re stopped up? Or that it’s more difficult to poop when you’re on incontinence drugs? Let’s get down to how and why constipation and bladder leaks are connected. When you know better, you do-do better. Too soon? Clogged Pipes: What’s Up With Constipation? The official definition of constipation is having fewer than three…

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    Wonder Women

    Ballet, Bonding, & Bursting Bladders

    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 Chaya’s here to tell us how she learned just how much she and her mom have in common. _____________ When you go for a walk with someone, you can’t help matching their gait. It’s just like our unconscious mirroring of the body language of conversational partners. From a young age,…

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    Incontinence

    What’s Hormones Got To Do With It?

    Oh, hormones. The signaling molecules that not only influence our mood and behavior but also regulate certain cells and tissues. To put it simply, hormones pack a lot of punch. Have you ever felt cranky and couldn’t put your finger on why? Do you ever find yourself craving chocolate during certain times of the month? And have you ever noticed that leaks are more common during one part of your cycle over the other? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you can chock it up to your hormones. Let’s dive in to what hormones have to do with incontinence. Hormones and Your Pelvic Floor As you…

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    Wonder Women

    When Every Day Is A Mix Of Emotions

    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 our good friend Liz gets real about pelvic prolapse, leaking, and coming to terms with her postpartum body. _____________ Hi; I’m Liz. The first thing that comes to mind if you were to ask me what I did today would be that I peed myself. Yes, that, over an awesome…

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    Incontinence

    Own The Throne (And Your Bad Habits)

    Here at Lily Bird we feature 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? If you’re ready to stop praying to the porcelain gods, our friend Marla is here with advice that will help you own the throne. _____________ A long-distance car ride, or even tent camping, always reminds me how much that little organ known as the bladder controls my life. Those activities often trigger “just…

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    Incontinence

    The Case Against Just In Case Peeing

    Here at Lily Bird we feature 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? If your mama ever told you to “go, pee, just in case,” then our friend Marla is here to tell you why sometimes it’s a good idea to ignore mom’s advice. _____________ Do you ever go to the bathroom and then find yourself there again 10 minutes later because you’re heading out on…

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    Incontinence

    The Snapback Secret: How They Do It In France

    Raise your hand if your doctor ever mentioned anything to you about re-educating your vagina. If you’re like me, then you kept your hand down and probably raised your eyebrows. I mean c’mon. Why would a doctor need to re-educate you on your own lady parts? However, it turns out that re-educating your vagina is actually a thing. And we Americans could  learn a few things from the French. It’s Time To Talk About It   Without a doubt, women go through A LOT! Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and more causes our pelvic floor muscles to weaken over time. Pelvic prolapse can lead to everything from unexpected bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence)…

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    Incontinence,  Nutrition

    You Can Lead Me To Water, But…

    If you’re currently dealing with bladder leaks, it might be tempting to think, “Well…if I limit how much liquid I drink, it’ll help reduce bladder leaks!” The less you imbibe, the less there is to leak out. Seems logical, right? Well…sort of. But not exactly. Unfortunately, skipping your daily dose of H2O isn’t a great idea. Decreasing the amount of liquid you drink can lead to UTI’s, kidney stones, migraines, and a host of other issues that will have you up late on WebMD. Up to 60% of an adult body is water, and water helps with everything from digesting food to lubricating joints to acting as a shock absorber…

  • Bladder leaks are common in pregnancy
    Incontinence

    When Your Baby Bump Comes With Unexpected Sprinkles

    Pregnancy can be overwhelming. In between practicing breathing exercises, getting registered at Target, and marking name books comes lots of changes. And while we mamas love to share stories and tips about getting ready for baby, we aren’t very good at having real talk about changes to us.  Specifically, physical changes to our bodies. Oh, yeah. We’re going there. So, your pea in the pod has brought on another kind of pee? Good news – you’re not the only one! Below, you’ll find an in-depth and honest guide to bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence) while you’re pregnant and after you’ve given birth. You’re In Good Company One of the most common…