It isn’t easy being a mom. You’re always wearing different hats. One moment you’re a chef making cupcakes for the bake sale. The next, you’re a referee, breaking up sibling fights. On any given day, you’re a chauffeur, life-coach, and professional organizer. Who has time to deal with light bladder leakage? Here are a few simple ways to help you keep up with the demands of mothering without letting LBL slow you down.
Plan Ahead Before you leave the house, you probably have a checklist of “just-in-case” essentials to bring in tow. When your child needs a tissue, snack, or a change of clothes, you’ve got it handy. When it comes to managing LBL, do for yourself what you do for your kids. Add these things to your “just-in-case” checklist:
- Pack extra LBL-specific pads. Tuck them in your purse or the glove compartment of your car.
- Stash away a pair of pants. You may never need it, but the comfort of having it available in the trunk of your car or backpack, gives you a bit more peace of mind.
- Scope out the bathroom situation. Sidestep the stress of finding a public restroom by asking your physician to prescribe a “Bathroom Card.” This handy prescription requires stores to let you use their private restrooms.
Say, “No!” One of the less popular parts of being a mom, is saying, “No” when the kids ask for junk food. It can be just as hard to say “no” to yourself. When making your grocery list, say “no” to foods that irritate your bladder. For some women, spicy or caffeinated foods and drinks increase the odds of leakage. Replace these items with bladder friendly foods. Choose wisely for your kids AND yourself.
Make it Okay to Play My neighbor’s kids were playing in the front yard when I stopped by for a visit. Her five-year-old turned on the garden hose. He drenched himself, clothes and all, and then started spraying his sister. I said, “Looks like you have a situation.” It didn’t bother her at all. She said, “Sometimes having fun is worth the hassle of cleaning up afterward.” Her words stuck with me. It can be tempting to stay on the sidelines watching your family play, instead of joining in, and risking an LBL moment. Consider my neighbor’s advice, and let it be okay to leak once in a while. Once the kids are grown, you may be grateful for the memories of the times you said, “It’s worth it” and let yourself play.
When in Doubt, Check it Out When you have a concern about your child’s health, what do you do? Compare notes with family and friends, and check in with a medical professional. Why not do the same for yourself?
- Talk to a medical professional about LBL. Since every woman’s body is different, it helps to discover the cause and best possible solutions specific to your body. There are things you can do to reduce and sometimes even eliminate it.
- Talk to your friends. One in three women experiences LBL. You aren’t the only one. Once you start the conversation, your friends can be a great source of support, offering ideas and sharing their experiences.
- Seek out helpful resources. Read articles about LBL, or ask a private question in the “Just Ask” area of this website.
Now, it’s your turn Do you have an LBL question, concern, or solution to share with other busy moms? Please share it in the comments section below.