• Woman traveling with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Drips & Trips: Being On The Go And Having To Go

    Without a doubt, the whole process of traveling can be super chaotic! You have to make a list, check it twice, and hope that you haven’t left anything behind. And those are just the things you have to think about before you even step out the door. The anxiety of traveling is further intensified if you have bladder leakage. There’s nothing worse than doing the potty dance while getting ready to board your flight. Or being in an Uber and still having another 35 minutes before you arrive at your destination. While those two scenarios probably have you ready to rip your hair out, you’ll at least be glad to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • reading about incontinence
    Incontinence

    Incontinence 101: Everything You Need To Know

    As women, our bodies go through the ringer. Monthly periods. Pregnancy. Childbirth. Menopause. From all that activity, it’s no surprise that our pelvic floor takes a hit. Our muscles and nerves fatigue from all of the work they do and get stressed under pressure. This can cause bladder leakage, otherwise known as urinary incontinence. While leaks can be frustrating, there are lots of techniques that can help make them no big deal. Here’s everything you need to know about those spritz, sprinkles, and urges and how to manage them. And we really do mean everything! What Is The Definition Of Incontinence Exactly? The technical term for bladder leakage is urinary…

  • myths about bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    10 Myths About Bladder Leaks You’ll Want To Relieve

    Bladder leaks are a frustrating fact of life for so many of us. So why is it so easy to believe all of the myths out there about them? I know that when I’ve got something going on with my body, it’s easy to create a story to help me deal with it. I spiral down the WebMD rabbit hole or scroll through the endless number of pop-science articles looking for answers. Hours pass. The next thing I know, I’m self-diagnosing and concocting an explanation using some pretty unreliable sources. I end up more confused than when I was just guessing. Sound familiar? Truth be told, letting myths determine how…