Just a warning… I’m about to talk about my female anatomy. If you’re squeamish, you may want to scroll on past.
Okay, so I’ve been dealing with the usual postpartum bladder leaking that I’m sure we’re all too familiar with. I’ve been wearing a pad when I work out, because sprints and high knee movements are especially challenging. Unfortunately, on Thursday, the pad moved during the fastest sprints I’ve ever done and I had to stop because I soaked through my underwear & pants. Hella embarrassing.
I made an appointment with my doctor because I injured my urethra when I gave birth to my first baby; I was afraid I had somehow injured the area again. She did an internal check, because some women do need surgery to fix it.
Turns out everything is normal. It’s just that since A is still getting up every 2 hours, my prolactin levels are very high. The pituitary gland compensates for this by lowering estrogen levels. This causes the vaginal walls to thin, which means they do not provide the same support to the bladder as normal menstruating women.
She said that it’ll resolve itself when A starts sleeping through the night and my estrogen levels rise again. In the meantime, she gave me some estrogen cream to use internally, and a helpful trick for when I exercise. Basically, if you insert a lubricated tampon before exercise, it allows the vagina to give the bladder extra support. I tried it today and it really did help.
On the plus side, during the examination, she said that my internal muscles look strong. She said that she wouldn’t even be able to tell I’ve ever had a baby, let alone 3 babies totaling 25 pounds. She said that she’s had to tell other women that their “professional jump roping days are over” but that everything looks beautiful for me internally. I guess all the simple pelvic floor exercises I’ve been doing have been working.