Did that statistic punch you in the face? It did for me. Then when I went on to hear that light bladder weakness is more common than hayfever…I was just blown away. That’s a lot of people, because honestly, everyone I know suffers with hayfever. Last weekend, I attended a fantastic event hosted by #LightsbyTENA in an effort to raise awareness of the brand and to pass on their #FeelFresh message.
Firstly, I have to say the event was incredibly well organised and a fantastic afternoon with some other wonderful bloggers. It was lovely to meet and speak with Jade from Raising the Rings, Joanne from Opposable Thumbs, Sally from SallyAkins.com and Emma from EmmaVictoriaStokes.com. Toegether, surrounded by champane and beautiful flowers we enjoyed nattering away and a delicious brunch at the beautiful Haymarket Hotel in London.
Raising awareness for light bladder weakness is so important and TENA want to speak to women that may have experienced this because they have a great product for them. They are looking to establish a difference and segregate from the thicker TENA lady products because this isn’t about incontinence. It’s more about as we get a bit older, have kids, drink more and our collagen levels deplete, our bladder and pelvic floor weakens. It’s a pretty natural and normal, but not very glamorous part of getting older, becoming a parent and just well, being human. In most cases, it’s usually nothing to worry about, but if you are worried you should always speak to your GP. After all, you won’t be the first woman to ask ‘is this normal’ and you’ll never be the last woman either.
My question is if this is so common then why don’t we talk about it more often? We talk in a joking way about having a weaker bladder after having kids but it’s still very hush hush. Why? Because it’s a bit gross? We’re women, all we do is gross. We clean everything off our kids, we are happy to talk about our periods and our birth stories but we’re not happy to confide seriously in a friend or a GP about light bladder weakness. We love feeling fresh, we fill our home with beautiful flowers and scent up with gorgeous perfumes and TENA lights have really put a lot of thought into their award winning liner of which they are offering a money back guarantee for you to try their lights product, and if it doesn’t make you feel fresh, you’ll get your money back. I think it’s great that they’re so confident in their product that they’re willing to offer this to their customers. (#FeelFresh or it’s FREE available until 30/6/2017) You can find full T&C’s on their site. I found the below infographic really informative and gave some top tips on how to improve the strength of your bladder and keep light bladder weakness at a distance.
Strengthening our pelvic floor is really helpful for bladder control and it’s so important to do them regularly, especially during and after pregnancy.
After learning more about the Lights by TENA range we moved on to a perfume masterclass which was so much fun. I loved creating a signature scent and I was really surprised by some of the scents I really liked. I’m really happy with the little fragrance I created which I aptly named Candyfloss Dream – it doesn’t smell of Candyfloss though, I’m just not very good at coming up with names. It was exactly what I wanted, a sensual, evening scent with spicy but sweet notes. I used seven different fragrances to create my perfume with a top note of Orange, heart note of Jasmine and base note of Tonka Bean. I absolutely love the fragrance and it’s much longer lasting than those I’ve bought in the past. I notice it all throughout the day and have had a few compliments on it too.
I really enjoyed my day in London with some fellow bloggers working with Lights by TENA and our beautiful flowers and fragrance to take home. They are certainly making me feel fresh. So would jumping in this glorious pool at the Haymarket Hotel…
Disclaimer: I was invited to an event hosted by Lights by TENA to discuss their feel fresh or it’s free campaign.
Savings 4 Savvy Mums
Wow this is shocking isn’t it? I blame my kids for my bladder weakness… #DreamTeam
Annette, 3 Little Buttons
What a lovely event, and I do think that bladder weakness is something that should be talked about more. Of course it’s a bit embarrassing, but if and when it happens, wouldn’t it be nice to know that it’s something that can be shared and discussed without wishing for the ground to open up and swallow you. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x
Adventures of Mummy and Me
Sounds like a lovely event, especially the perfume making!
That is a shocking statistic though! I must admit, my pelvic floor was fine before I had Chase… now it’s a different story! And I forever feel the need to rush to the toilet! 🙁 Kids huh! #DreamandSparkle
Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)
This sounds amazing! I also didn’t know it was THAT common. I don’t suffer with bladder weakness and when I was pregnant I had the opposite problem and had to be catheterised or it wouldn’t come out! I reckon next pregnancy I might have to look into these after all the tampering down there last time!
I don’t suffer too badly, but a friend suggested I went to a trampoline fitness session and the idea terrified me! My bladder definitely wouldn’t cope with that! #dreamandsparkle
It IS odd that we shy away from bladder chat! Love that you got to make your own fragrance! Thanks for hosting #dreamsparkle
That’s a really surprising statistic, but there can’t be many of us who’ve had kids who HAVEN’T had that ‘uhoh’ moment 🙂 You’re right, we should feel able to talk about it more. Oh, and I really wish I could smell that perfume you created!!
I think as a nation we need to start talking more about what we think view as embarrassing or awkward and become more open x
It sounds as though you had a fabulous day. What fun getting to make your own perfume, I’d love to do that, although Little Orange Dog may not be a great name for a scent 😉 On a serious note, it’s great that this subject is being tackled. I am fortunate that at 46, I don’t yet have bladder weakness, but I know people who do and this could be really helpful #DreamandSparkle x
I’m surprised by the stats, but as a hayfever sufferer who gave birth naturally twice, it’s all a bit normal for me I’m afraid. Great opportunity and it looks like you had a lovely day out.
Peachy and her Mommy
The only benefit to having a c-section is that you don’t weaken your pelvic floor with all that pushing. #DreamandSparkle
I ended up with an emergency c-section myself…although they made sure I pushed for two hours first!!!
Thankfully I don’t suffer with bladder weakness just yet but thanks for raising awareness. How exciting that you got to make your own perfume too! #DreamandSparkle
I love the images and, especially the start of the post! What a great way to introduce light bladder weakness and the perfumery event. It was really great to meet you, I hope to meet you again at the next event 🙂 xx