Hands up – who else fears trampolines since having children?

You know when you are growing up in the early throws of becoming a young lady, life can and will become a little strange and difficult. You’ll have your sex education classes in school, cringe and giggle together with your friends at the back of the class, blush and possibly be given a packet of tampons (I’m thinking back a good *few* years now so I’m not actually sure if these are still given out), you’ll also be given *that* talk by your parents. Talking body changes and sex, being careful, contraception, relationships and periods.
You’ll then have to cope with starting your periods, an entirely new thing for a young lady to cope with and possibly at a school age where you could be the first in your friend sect.  This happened to me in the first year of secondary school,  at first only my mum knew but eventually my girl friends found out through constant trips to the loo, paranoia of leaking and missing PE.  Of course no one laughed or made fun and they asked me questions,  they had it all to come but it just wasn’t something you openly talk about, a taboo really. You just didn’t ask a friend if she has started her periods yet.

Fast forward to pregnancy and there are other taboos which aren’t rarely spoken of. You’ll hear tales of cravings,  movement, scans, appointments and even morning sickness and stretch marks but you’ll hear less of having to cross your legs to sneeze, not wanting to be too far from a loo at times and having to wear pads due to accidents.

This side of pregnancy isn’t sold to us before hand and I’m not sure I signed up for never having 100% confidence to bounce on a trampoline again.

Both Emmy and Harry were born via c-sections, Emmy’s was an emergency and Harry’s planned, now I was convinced that pelvic floor exercises weren’t needed as I’d not given birth naturally, wrong!

Hands up, I’m Clare a 35 year old mother of two who worries about sneezing and jumping on trampolines for fear of wetting myself.

See, it maybe a taboo, who wants to admit out loud but do you know what? I’m not alone, you’re not alone either if you are nodding along while reading.

It’s going to happen at some point to most of you ladies reading out there if it hasn’t already, infact it’s a condition that 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 experience at some point in their lives, and for millions, it is pregnancy and child birth that bring about this condition – bladder sensitivity or adult incontinence.

Always Discreet is on a mission to give these women a voice, to let them know they are not alone and to help them banish the taboo surrounding this topic.
Their new study revealed that nearly half (42%) of British women say they feel older than they actually are as a direct result of their condition, it’s easy to understand this as it is a condition you often associate with old age and getting older.

The study reveals that as well as women feeling older and isolated by sensitive bladder, the condition can affect how attractive women feel, with 42% feeling less attractive or feminine, and 44% saying they can’t remember the last time they had sex.  Further highlights from the report include:

  • Nearly half (44%) lack the confidence to wear the clothes they want to wear
  • 1 in 3 (37%) would exercise more if they didn’t have regular bladder leaks
  • 3 in 4 women hold back from talking to their healthcare professional about urinary incontinence
  • Sensitive bladder ranks as one of the top reasons they feel older, along with grey hair and wrinkles

Here are some top
tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder from Campaign
Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis:


bladder is trainable: if you’re troubled by needing to pass water
very often and needing to rush to the toilet, talk with your doctor
about a daily schedule to build up your bladder’s holding capacity.
Remember; allow your bladder to empty completely each time you go to
the toilet.


no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the
bathroom. Limiting your water intake makes your urine more
concentrated, which boost your chances of bladder irritation.



alcohol and fizzy drinks could be your new worst enemies– they can
irritate a sensitive bladder. Everyone with sensitive bladder could
benefit from cutting down on alcohol. If your symptoms include
needing to rush to the loo, try limiting those coffees, teas and
carbonated beverages for a week or two to see if it helps.

practicing at least three times a day, these exercises can help you
strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and give you more control when
you need it. If you’re not sure how to do them, speak to your
doctor or visit www.alwaysdiscreet.co.uk.  

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