3 Postpartum Body Changes That I Wasn’t Prepared For… Including Bladder Leaks

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Motherhood is an exciting, rewarding, and life-changing journey/experience. A great deal of pregnancy is spent preparing for the baby and ogling at tiny clothes, baby gear, and nursery goods but what about new momdom? Many of us are thrust into this new journey without the foundation to properly care for ourselves postpartum when our bundles arrive and our bodies go into recovery mode. Our bodies go through some pretty drastic changes through pregnancy, and delivery leaves us raw, mentally and physically.

Magazines and social media will have you thinking pregnancy is a walk in the park and once baby is here, you’ll snap back in a week and everyone lives happily ever after. I get it. Some people have uneventful pregnancies, deliveries, recoveries, and chill babies. Some don’t or experience a combo. One thing’s for sure, our bodies change after having babies and it seems that nothing really prepares us for those changes on the inside and outside.

Can we talk about some common body changes that happen after giving birth? From personal experience and chatting with other moms, here are three body changes that we don’t talk about and prepare for enough.

Postpartum Depression – It’s Okay

Postpartum Depression is not a one-size fits all illness. It can be triggered by hormonal imbalances after childbirth or the lifestyle shift that comes along with being responsible for a fragile new life. Postpartum Depression can range from the baby blues, to sadness or anger to the depths of your soul, to feeling extremely overwhelmed, or even having scary and harmful thoughts coupled with anxiety and OCD that starts to get in the way of living your day to day life. It’s one of those things that’s totally unexpected during what’s supposed to be an exciting time. It happens and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. Having a psychiatrist and therapist on deck can help you work through imbalance and uncertainty. Taking supplements can also help regulate moods.

Diastasis Recti (aka the pooch that won’t freaking go away)

I am really in my feelings over this one. These three kids did a number on my core. After having Juicy, I knew that my midsection was toast. Diastasis Recti is the separation of abdominal muscles caused by the pressure placed on the belly while pregnant. About 2/3 of pregnant women experience this. A diastasis can lead to other problems including chronic lower back pain, urinary incontinence, constipation, pain during intercourse, and pelvic or hip pain. It can even make it harder to breathe and to move normally. There are exercise programs like MuTu available to help heal, but in severe cases, surgery may be best. After having Juicy, I was told that I’d need abdominal hernia repair, but I’m not one for going under the knife. So an exercise program it is! High-waisted pants and sulking meanwhile…

Incontinence – It Happens

Dun dun duuuun. Pregnancy weighs on the bladder. Stress incontinence happens and may continue after delivery. I’ve experienced those unexpected trickles while pregnant minding my own business and I’ve definitely had those “oh no, I have to grab my lady parts to sneeze” moments postpartum. Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to experience bladder leaks. Chances are even higher for mothers who have had multiple vaginal births or assisted vaginal deliveries. Consistently doing Kegel exercises help strengthen pelvic floor muscles, but in the meantime, you may need a little something to catch those bladder leaks; a little incontinence protection if you will.

Always Discreet is here for you, babe. You may be tempted to grab a period pad and keep it moving, but Always Discreet provides better protection for light to heavy bladder leaks. They are available in liners, pads, as well as underwear. The liners were my go-to when my bladder was going through some thangs. Did you know that 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks whether they’ve given birth or not? In addition, 1-in-2 African American women 18 years of age and older experience bladder leaks but only 1-in-9 actually use incontinence protection.

If you are showing signs of an overactive bladder, it may be time to look into Always Discreet. It’s summertime and we’re out here trying to be active, 64-ounces-of-water-drinking-mamas/women each day. The kids/life did a number on our bladders and ain’t nobody got time for leaks.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Rach Ferrucci July 23, 2017 at 12:08 AM

    Most people think LBL only happens when you get old but it came happen at any time. It’s good to see women talking about it.

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  • Kristin July 19, 2017 at 10:47 PM

    Oh so sweet! No one tells you about this. But it happens often, the joys to being a mom.

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  • Rosey July 19, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Yep, we definitely go through some changes. I had little skin tags pop up with my last child (we have four). The doctor said it was hormones and they would go away. Well they didn’t and I had to go to a dermatologist to have them removed. Crazy.

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  • Pam July 19, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    It can be hard to feel comfortable in your body postpartum. There’s so much weird stuff going on that no one warned you about.

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  • Dogvills July 19, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    I can totally relate. I have three children too and sometimes I get sad that I can never get my pre-pregnancy midsection back. My husband always gives comforting words, like, “Hey, you nurtured three human beings in that belly. Be proud of it. Be proud of those stripes.” Oh well. I am glad that we now have products to help us address the issue of bladder leakage. Although it was not an issue with me, who knows, later in life, I may experience it too. Thankfully, I can always get Always. 🙂

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  • Kiwi July 19, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    i didnt know the Always brand migrated their way into this area. It makes sense as it kind of related to their brand and its a discrete way to fix those issues people rarely talk about.

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    • Sheena Tatum July 21, 2017 at 12:01 AM

      I love it because I for one wouldn’t dare buy the other brands because they are associated with incontinence. With Always, you don’t know unless you stare at the packaging really really hard, lol.

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  • Louise Bishop July 19, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Some of those changes can really catch you off guard. I knew some things to prepare for but leaking wasn’t one at the forefront of my mind. I sure was glad I had something like this to help!

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  • Janell Poulette July 19, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    I really thought that bladder leaks wouldn’t effect me after I had kids but boy was i wrong! I was jumping on a trampoline one day and had an unpleasant surprise! I need to get some of these Always Discreet pads to help!

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  • Robin Rue July 19, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Bladder leaks are something that you can never be prepared for. Always are definitely great products to help out with those!

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  • Maureen July 19, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    There is so much that changes after having a baby. I had no idea all that would happen but motherhood is such a great joy, so I am okay with the changes and glad there are products out there to help make some changes a bit more comfortable 🙂

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  • Diana July 18, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    I think it’s great that you talk about these things so other mothers don’t feel alone. Sometimes the best education we’re getting now about life is through blogs that share and are open about this stuff!

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  • Melissa Chapman July 18, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    The miracle of childbirth is thta more things don’t happen. My son is 12 and I still have effects of his pregnancy. Thanks for this honest post about the good the bad and ugly.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 18, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    I love this! NOBODY tells you about all the stuff non “magical” stuff that happens to your body during and after pregnancy.

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