Millions of people experience leakage during pregnancy. And after, for that matter. But who cares about millions when I’m the one peeing my pants? To live with incontinence is an individual rollercoaster with emotional and social effects. And it doesn’t matter how much or little you leak; it matters how you feel about it. To constantly be scared of laughing, sneezing, exercising, smelling is exhausting. It can lead to isolation and depression. I know it sounds almost exaggerated. But it’s absolutely not.
There are a lot of ways to improve the leakage and quality of life. First you need to make sure all your muscles are intact. Because if they aren’t. You can train all you want; it’s not going to help. But if they are, there are tons of techniques, training and aids. And don’t forget to talk to others in the same situation. That might be what makes you feel better and more confident again.
But I’m not going to talk to you about that here. I want to offer you some help along the way. I’m talking about leak proof maternity wear. This leak proof underwear is quite amazing. Let me give you some reasons why.
- Leak proof technology – holds up to 20 ml of fluids
- Odor free – locks away all smells
- Sustainable – they’re all reusable and washable
- Invisible protection – no one can see your wearing anything but normal panties
Leakage during and after pregnancy
There are 2 types of incontinence when we’re talking about pregnancy incontinence:
Stress incontinence – little leaks here and there due to increased pressure on the bladder. This often happens when laughing, sneezing, jumping or couching.
Urge incontinence – sudden need to pee and trouble holding it in. Usually causes bigger leakage.
Stress incontinence is common during pregnancy (and after) and is usually caused by weakening by or damage to the pelvic support. Urge incontinence is likely caused by overactivity in the bladder muscle. Something is going wrong in the connection between the brain and the bladder.
Risks and prevention
There are a couple of things that increases the risk for leakage during and after pregnancy.
- Age – the older you are the higher the risk
- Weight – your weight and BMI matters (it’s also important that you lose the weight after delivery)
- Vaginal delivery – especially if you give birth to a big baby
- Ruptures – from vaginal delivery often cause leakage
Previous problems – things tend to get worse after being pregnant
Leak proof maternity wear
Have you heard of period proof underwear? Leak proof maternity underwear work mostly the same way. They have 3 layers of protection:
↑ Top layer – moisture wicking to keep you nice and dry, also stops bacteria from growing
→ Middle layer – here’s where the fluids and odors are locked away
↓ Bottom layer – water proof to ensure any leaks from staining your clothes and whatever you are sitting on
The maternity briefs are designed to fit you comfortably all through pregnancy and beyond. They hold up to 10 ml of fluids. If you manage to get rid of your incontinence you should repurpose them and use them as period panties. Two birds, one stone. With these maternity briefs you don't have to worry about your leaks any more. Liberate yourself and start working on the pelvic floor without any concerns.
If you are leaking a lot after your pregnancy you might want to go for a pee proof underwear with even greater absorption capacity. I recommend this high waist bikini bottoms. They're super stylish, comfortable and holds up to 20 ml of fluids. Feel safe, secure and fresh all through your days with this one.
There are a lot of different styles to choose from if you have something particular in mind.
Leaking breast milk?
We're getting a little of topic here, but it might not just be leaking from underneath. If you're breastfeeding there's a big chance you struggle with leaking boobs as well. I know I did. As soon as one boob gets going, so does the other. I first tried washable nursing pads, but they wouldn't soak up very much fluid. At least not the ones I tried. I ended up using disposable nursing pads. I thought they worked pretty well actually, but they're not exactly environmentally friendly. And you have to remember to put them in there.
A great solution is the breastfeeding tank top. It holds up to 10 ml per breast. You don't need to do anything. Just put it on and start breastfeeding. The top takes care of the rest. Well, you have to wash it of course.
Are you ready to try it?
Or maybe you already have? Please share your thoughts, concerns and experiences with the rest of us.