No, this annoying experience is not just for your little kids. Along with my bun in the oven, I have developed a little leak. What am I, a Buick?!
Angela Chee: It's hard to admit, but yes, I did. Not just once, but many times, and it's starting to get on my last nerve. I had a cough that just wouldn't go away. First, my son got a cold, then a week later I got a cold, and then he got sick again. Taking care of a sick toddler when you are sick is no fun, and then being seven months pregnant -- every time I would cough, I would leak. Yuck!
I'd be freshly showered, dressed, and ready to go ... then cough! Ughh!!! My husband was somewhat sympathetic, sometimes he'd laugh and say, "I'm sorry, honey." Ah, he will never know. Also, being pregnant, I didn't want to take too much medication -- so I just dealt with it for weeks.
I know, I know, Kegel exercises. I do them periodically, but that didn't help much. It's not like I had a constant leaking bladder, but when I coughed, nothing could keep it in. I could feel the cough coming on, the itch in my throat; when I was out, I tried to hold it in, but when the attack came on, there was no control. I crossed my legs and hoped for the best. I didn't mind my cold so much as the fact I needed extra pairs of underwear all the time. I started wearing pads, which I haven't worn in forever.
While it doesn't happen to everyone, I know it's a normal part of pregnancy -- and yes, I'm willing to talk about it. So if it's happened to you ... know you're not alone.
So now, I'm all done with my cold. No more pee in my pants. What a pain in the butt that was. Now I just have a pain in my butt, literally. Sciatica on my left side. Ah, pregnancy!
|Angela Chee is a television host, voice-over artist and creator of TheZenMom.com as a resource for other moms because motherhood isn't always so zen. She is a first time mom.|