But one thing that is never discussed is and one that is extremely important is how much your body changes after having a baby, it's almost like it's taboo! One of these changes for me is how weak my bladder is and how much more frequently I need to relieve myself. I talk quite openly about it because there is nothing to be ashamed of and it all comes part in parcel with giving birth to child.
Adult incontinence is one of the last taboos of pregnancy if not motherhood. The fact of the matter is that a lot of women experience this, making a wide spread condition. The issue is that we as women just don’t speak about it. On the 28th October, Always Discreet are releasing new research which reveals millions of British women are feeling older than their years which is in direct contrast to their peers who. In fact 1 in 5 UK women say they feel younger than the age stated on their passport, however 42% of women with frequent bladder leaks agree that the condition makes them feel older.
Always Discreet for sensitive bladder believes that every woman should be able to live the age they feel inside with nothing holding them back. Here are some top tips from the Always Discreet ambassadors to help women feel empowered to live life to the full, every day.
Top tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder from Campaign Ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis
IT’S GOOD TO TALK
Share how you are feeling with someone. If you feel too embarrassed to speak to a loved one then set up an appointment with your GP. Millions of women in the UK suffer from sensitive bladder, you are not alone and there is help available.
SET A SCHEDULE
Your 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.
DRINK JUST ENOUGH
There’s 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.
BYE, BYE BARISTA
Caffeine, 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.
If you experience anxiety, worry and concern because of your sensitive bladder, mental relaxation can be a very valuable aid. Avoid worrying about problems excessively. Deliberately include activities in your daily life that bring you pleasure for example meeting friends, going to the cinema or taking a walk.
Top tips for taking care of your sensitive bladder whilst exercising: Body Control Pilates founder, Lynne Robinson
Pilates, yoga, cycling, tai chi, brisk and Nordic walking are all great low impact activities that will keep you fit.
AVOID THE CRUNCHES
Strong abdominal exercises can put too much pressure on your pelvic floor. Opt for gentler core exercises instead, to keep your abdominals in shape.
DO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES DAILY
By 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.
WALK, STAND, SIT TALL
Be aware of your posture whilst you exercise and go about your daily activities. Slouching inhibits your deep core muscles from working properly.
Learn to breathe more efficiently with Pilates or yoga. Never hold your breath while exercising as this puts pressure on your pelvic floor.
We perform many of our daily activities without consciously thinking about our movements. Stand square and close, bend from your knees and hips, keeping your back straight.
Top tips for embracing ageless style with confidence: from Style Expert and That’s Not My Age founder, Alyson Walsh
A STRONG SHOE = A STRONG OUTFIT
Wearing comfortable shoes will help you stride down the street with confidence. And the good news is that comfy is no longer a byword for ugly; brilliant colours, metallic leather and mannish styles look and feel fantastic. Try brogues, penny loafers or pointed flats.
That said, the other good fashion news is that kitten heel is back – a low heel, that you can actually walk in, will add an elegant touch to any outfit. After all, no one ever looked glamorous when their feet hurt.
LET’S TALK TAILORING
Well-fitted clothes are a quick and easy route to feeling confident; no need to faff, hoick, or worry that seams are going to grin. Tailoring is a great way to flatter the figure in all the right areas; bust, waist and hips.
For casual glamour, wear a tuxedo jacket over a t-shirt, try a denim jacket over a shift dress or roll-up a blazer sleeve to artfully show a flash of silk blouse.
NOD TO THE TREND
Ageless style isn’t about jumping blindly from one trend to another; it’s about staying modern by making a subtle nod to the season. Try a pussy bow blouse, a polo neck sweater or go khaki crazy. The many shades of military are a good way to manoeuvre into autumn. This is the new neutral, the colour of the season that is far more flattering than black.
STAND OUT IN COLOUR
Bold is beautiful! Try out your favourite items – a pair of Capri pants or a tunic dress - in brighter shades, like: hot pink, burnt orange and pillar box red. These colours will brighten up a winter complexion, look amazing with grey hair and boost your confidence.
FIND THE RIGHT CLOTHES
Confidence comes from finding the right clothes, the styles and shapes that work for you. Spend time finding fail-safe basics in good fabrics that fit and flatter and can always be relied upon; the perfect pair of jeans, a great white shirt, a figure-flattering jacket. Then pep them up with a pair of chandelier earrings or a faux fur collar and a bold lipstick – adding the finishing touches to your wardrobe favourites is the easiest way to stay stylish forever.
I hope these tips which have been shared by leading experts help someone out there. I know that I will be keeping a few in mind for the future.