Thank you to Poise for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try recycling my unused period pads!
Now that I am pregnant again (wooo!) I am finding myself sneeing, or peezing, or whatever you want to call it when you sneeze and a little pee comes out. Girl, it is not fun but it’s something I’ve gotten used too. Now every time I sneeze, husband and kiddo look at me and I say “I peed.”
One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. This is, unfortunately, something I occasionally experienced well before my first pregnancy. Different women experience LBL for different reasons. As it happens, I was overweight for years before I became pregnant and that caused the occasional little *surprise* with a particularly rough sneeze. But for many women, it’s not just occasional. Just about every time I sneeze during my pregnancies I feel a little leak. Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain and complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease are just a few LBL contributors. If you’ve had several bladder or urinary tract infections or if you find certain foods and beverages are more likely to irritate your bladder, you may be more likely to experience light bladder leakage along with approximately 1 in 3 women.
I will admit that I have usually used a period pad during times I was particularly concerned about LBL. A pad’s a pad, right? Wrong! Poise Thin-Shape Pads are designed to move with your body and feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) along with a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection. And even with all that protection thrown in there, Poise Thin-Shape Pads are still 3x drier than period pads*† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.
*vs. leading regular size period products, where most needed
The decision is clear for me. Poise Thin-Shape Pads are a more comfortable and protective choice for my light bladder leakage but that left me with one problem – what to do with all these old period pads that I will have no use for between now and whenever my period comes back. (With my daughter it didn’t return until I was 16 months postpartum!) I decided to have some fun along with lots of other ladies in the #RecycleYourPeriodPad campaign.
We are huge fans of games in my household so I decided to recycle my period pads into something more useful like a deck of cards!
Even my daughter got a kick out of my little craft activity.