The story of Margherita
I'm a sporty woman, but I never thought I'd train for incontinence.
"I have been involved in sports since I was a child and after my pregnancy, I feared having to give up forever: urine leaks were becoming an unmanageable problem."
I am young and have always prided myself on following a healthy lifestyle: from food to physical activity, I was very careful to take care of myself.
When I got pregnant, I was the happiest woman in the world, I tackled pregnancy like a new adventure and when Alessandro was born I didn't think I could be happier than this. Of course, as the months went by, I gradually resumed physical activity, starting my workout routine again: but I happened to have small urine leaks when exercising at home, so the idea of going back to the gym was becoming increasingly remote.
Sure, they had told me that after giving birth the pelvic floor muscles get longer and weaker, but I thought that at some point the situation would return to normal, so I tried to stop the losses with normal pads (which I had to change at least 4 times a day) and to postpone the thought of having real incontinence problems as much as possible.
But the day I wet my pants while I was playing with my son, something sparked: I immediately made an appointment with my doctor because I couldn't stand this situation anymore.
She advised me to do the so-called "Kegel exercises" (obviously with an empty bladder): just contract the muscles, imagining that you should urinate, "hold" the flow for five seconds and then relax again, doing ten repetitions a couple of times a day. If only I had known before, I would have spared myself the discomfort and embarrassment of the last eleven months!
Now I'm finally getting back to my life, I have started to do light exercises again (being careful to avoid positions and movements in which the bladder is under pressure) and I have begun using specific incontinence pads, which despite my thoughts, work much better than normal sanitary pads. I know it will take time but I am super determined and, above all, I feel at ease with myself and with others again.