Oh, the joys of pregnancy and childbirth! Did you ever think that along with the stretch marks, leaky breasts, and extra weight, you’d have to also deal with a weak bladder?

Well sheesh, after all that pushing – even if you’ve had a C-section – muscles in that entire region of the female body takes a beating. Childbirth completely loosens up all things in that area…  inside, and out!

For many women, this is what happens after having kids! You can cough or sneeze, even laugh hysterically, and leak, requiring a change of underwear. It doesn’t matter if you try to hold in that sneeze, that dribble will still happen. Yes, I remember having a few of my own experiences where I’d have to squeeze my legs and run to the bathroom!

Did you ever think you’d have bladder incontinence at your age? Heck no! But the truth is, it’s a normal thing many women of all ages have to deal with. It’s one of the most common problems experienced by new moms, affecting about a third in the first year after having their baby. So if you’re experiencing this, you are not alone!

It takes time for those pelvic muscles to heal after giving birth, and strengthen them too. Do those Kegels, ladies! In the meantime, there’s help. Poise® pads are thin, comfortable and keep you much drier than other products on the market.

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This post was sponsored by Poise®. As always, opinions here are completely my own.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I’ve not been pregnant yet, but I have talked about it with girlfriends and my sisters. It’s not something I’m excited over, but at least I won’t be surprised by it!

  2. cheryl hodgkins Reply

    I experienced LBL during all 3 of my pregnancies…especially if i was laughing hard, sneezing, coughing or running..wasn’t fun to say the least

  3. SweetPanda Reply

    I experienced a light leakage during and after pregnancy. Usually it happens when I cough or laughing really hard. It also happened before that when I sneeze too

  4. Kristin Goodson Reply

    I experienced it during my pregnancy and a little bit afterward. It’s better now though. I had a lot of back pain and acid reflux as well.

  5. Taylor Closet Reply

    Yes, when laughing is when I notice a light leakage, would really catch me off guard.

  6. carol clark Reply

    yes mam i have that problem if i sneeze i have to criss cross my legs its so like ugh feeling but my hips spread i had swollen legs and feet with my second one first one all i did was sleep like i was so sleepy all the time and guess what she loves to sleep and my son i was active all the time and he is active now im not saying that has anything to do with anything but that was my go around with it

  7. Yes, I experienced LBL during pregnancy. Laughing and sneezing were the big culprits!

  8. Wanda Bergman Reply

    Didn’t experience that. I just gained too much weight.

  9. Carey Hurst Reply

    With my oldest yes, right from the beginning , with my toddler now it was right after it started, when i have to pee , i need to go right away lol

  10. Thankfully, I missed out on the LBL joys. I had enough other issues, it’s only fair.

  11. I had my son almost 7 years ago, and I experience bladder leakage now.

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