Things that make me embarrassed: third trimester feet, my nail beds, chasing a wild two-year-old across a lawn
Things that don’t: talking about sex, postpartum pooing, periods, birth control, vaginal tears, thigh gap, anal fissures, vasectomies (all of which have been discussed about on this blog)
Today, a new topic to add to the list: peeing your pants!
Did you know 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leaks? No, this isn’t a Hulu commercial, this is me realizing that there are lots of other people who are afraid to sneeze.
It all started in the Spring of 2011, pregnant with my first baby and wondering why everything down there was constantly all wet. It wasn’t such a surprise the second time around. This third time I was just counting down the days until pantyliners, outfit changes, and mild swearing were all part of my daily routine.
For me, it’s mostly a slow leak throughout the day exacerbated (best word) by sneezing, coughing, laughing, jumping, squatting, and weirdly–using the bathroom. Beginning in my third trimester, whenever I stand up after peeing, more urine leaks out. I’m told this is because the baby is low and resting around my bladder in a way that doesn’t let it all out while I’m trying to go. Thanks darling!
This bladder leakage problem is not embarrassing to me, but it is very inconvenient. Which is why when I learned there are special underwear made for light leaks that does not involve pads, pantyliners, or constant showers– I went running.
I learned about Icon underwear when I was researching Thinx underwear for postpartum and period care because I really hate pads and tampons (yes I know about the diva cup, no I’m not doing it). That’s when Thinx put me in contact with their sister company Icon undies who make pee-proof underwear for women with bladder leaks. They actually aren’t specifically made or marketed for pregnant women, but they really should be because honey–they are amazing.
I ordered the high waist in my size and found them comfortable (even at 8 months pregnant), attractive, true to size, with zero bad smells or leaks after a 12 hour day. Everyone keeps asking me how they work. Honestly I have no idea. Let’s just call it a miracle.
Oh, and they are easy to wash (you just throw them in with everything else).
Other important bonuses:
+ They look exactly like regular underwear, so no one will notice in a locker room or sexy bedroom situation.
+ Have I mentioned they are really comfortable?
+ Made for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
+ Made at a family-run factory that has an outstanding commitment to providing supplementary education and training to its female employees, empowering
them to become leaders in their communities.
+ Through the Fistula Foundation, Icon helps address fistula, a problem that affects over one million mothers who too often give birth without access to medical care. What is Fistula? An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, and leaves a woman severely incontinent. A woman with fistula
is often rejected by her husband and pushed out of her village. 1,000,000 women suffer from this condition, but fewer than 20,000 are treated each year. Every Icon purchase helps fund treatment, recovery, and life-changing surgeries for these women.
Still wondering if it’s worth it? More reviews here.
Oh, and those period panties can be found here. Their review coming very soon (hold me).
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