• exercise helps with constipation
    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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    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

    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

    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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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,…