Monday, October 26, 2015

Pregnancy: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. A woman growing life inside her. Radiant, glowing skin. Thick, luxurious hair. And nausea, acne, aches, pains, and so on. It ain't all pretty, believe me.

I was prepared for a lot of the odd things that would happen to my body. I knew I might experience morning sickness and food cravings, and that things would get uncomfortable. I looked forward to feeling the kicks and rolls. But there were surprises as well.

That was a lot of baby.  I think this was 32 weeks.
You know I didn't throw up once? But, I developed an almost universal food aversion. Even the thought of food turned my stomach. I ate almost nothing during the first four months of my pregnancy. Peanut butter toast was ok. Sometimes a banana. I was actually losing weight as my baby and belly grew. Little Boo was taking whatever he needed from my body, and my body was giving it up willingly. But it wasn't really great for either of us, so eventually my obstetrician got me medicated to start me eating again. I never was able to stomach watermelon though. Such a benign fruit. Weird.

And then there were the various leaks. Who knew so much leaking could happen! Like, my nose was either running or bleeding for most of the third trimester. And all those adorable rolls and kicks seemed to be aimed straight at my (always full) bladder. I didn't experience leaking breasts until later, so that was something, but waking up in a milk-soaked tank top because your baby actually slept 3 hours straight is pretty uncomfortable.

Some of the fun pregnancy changes stick around afterwards too. There's no one dancing on my bladder anymore, but I still can tinkle a little when I laugh or sneeze. And holy crow when I get my annual demon chest cold every coughing fit comes with a bonus. What can you do? We're in this together ladies - 1 in 3 of us experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) so let's just admit it and share our tips!
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary loss of urine that occurs when pressure is suddenly placed on your bladder. Like when the baby kicks, or you decide to trampoline with your kids, or you violently sneeze. This is only one variety of LBL, and is the one I experience. It's annoying, but not a big deal when you're prepared. Poise makes a pad that's specifically designed for LBL, meaning it has better absorption and odour protection against pee than a period pad does. Blood and pee are not the same thing, ladies! With Poise pads you can feel confident to enjoy your morning run or venturing out in public during high allergy season.

And you won't look bulky. Poise has a new thin-shape pad that is contoured and up to 40% thinner than the originals. Yet they are 3x drier than period pads, while neutralizing that distinctive pee odour.

If you too are experiencing LBL, Poise can keep you feeling confident and dry. Try it now with a special $2.00 off coupon from Walmart.

A Giveaway

One lucky RMB winner will receive a $100 Walmart Gift Card, courtesy of Poise. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm, November 10, 2015. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Poise. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.


  1. When I was pregnant I had weird cravings I actually dipped my grilled cheese in field berry yogurt

  2. I craved Venitian Cream stuffed doughnuts and the day I went into labour...I ate 5 of them!

  3. Well I actually have 2 cervixes, my midwife had never seen that before and she had delivered for over 500 women . I actually had 2 waters as well with my youngest. My first water broke at 1 am , then the second didnt break until around 4 pm the next day

  4. When I was pregnant I would get sick every time I ate an apple. To this day I can't eat them and my son is now 11 years old.


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