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Breaking down taboos and why it matters

Do you have one of THOSE friends?

She’s the one who knows your darkest secrets. She’s laughed with you, cried with you and been there when it mattered. You tell her all your problems, but do you talk to her about things you’d rather keep quiet? Like that time when you were bouncing on a trampoline with the kids and…

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Breaking down the taboo of bladder weakness

Bladder weakness is one of those things we’d rather not talk about. Actually, we’d rather it just didn’t happen. But it really shouldn’t be a taboo subject, because it impacts on so many people.

When I was pregnant with both of my girls, it was something I was acutely aware of. I’ve always been into sport and I knew that bladder weakness could put a stop to it. And how did I know? Because I had friends who weren’t afraid to talk about it.

It was mentioned in conversation, I was warned that pelvic floor exercises were REALLY important. So, I did them religiously. I kept up exercise throughout my pregnancy. Running, swimming and walking right up until my due date. And then, my due date came and went and no sign of a baby. So, I kept exercising. I even played tennis at 9 1/2 months pregnant. So much for avoiding induction. I still ended up being induced, the exercise didn’t help.

But what it did help with, was remembering to do my pelvic floor exercises. I thought of them as the most important thing to get me back to fitness soon after having the baby. And do you know what? It worked. And that’s why we need to talk about it.

Lights by TENA and the #TENAtalk campaign

When TENA set me a fitness challenge to go trampolining with the girls, it was no problem. Actually, it’s one of our favourite things to do. But that might not be the case if it wasn’t for those friends who were willing to talk about it back in the day.

TENA understand that bladder weakness is a taboo subject. But it needn’t be. If you do suffer from it, lights by TENA Liners contain their unique technology, FeelFresh™ combining a quick-drying top sheet and layers that distribute fluid to keep you fresh, dry and confident.

We all know that exercise can be one of the triggers for bladder weakness. Using Lights by TENA can give you the confidence to get active again. And if you want to let TENA know what you think of the liners, head to Everyone who leaves a review will be in with a chance of winning a year’s worth of fresh flower deliveries and a £200 Oasis voucher. Terms and conditions apply.

Over on the Lights by TENA website, you’ll also find tips for pelvic floor exercises and how to reduce or eliminate the risk of little leaks. TENA have also asked real women to talk about their experiences. The results might surprise you – if you do suffer from bladder weakness, you’re not alone.


Please note, this is a collaborative post with TENA. Views, opinions and friends who are willing to chat about the important stuff are my own.


  1. November 1, 2017 / 6:48 am

    Something that needs to be talked about more and for people not to feel embarrassed. It’s great to raise awareness of this and how people can live a normal life x

    • November 14, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you Laura, you’re right we really shouldn’t be embarrassed.

  2. November 1, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I had a whole team of those friends where I used to work! There were no taboo subjects at all and it was very enlightening. It’s good to know that these things are normal. I’m very impressed with your pelvic floor of steel! I don’t think there’s many women who don’t struggle a bit after having kids. Even many years after having kids!

    • November 14, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      It’s great to have friends like that isn’t it? It’s the one thing I occasionally miss about work.

  3. November 2, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Hi Nat, great topic. I use Tena lights when I’m out on a run ‘just in case’. On the whole, my bladder isn’t too bad, but if I’m going to have a problem it’s when I am running downhill on a hard surface and my bladder isn’t empty. Tena has a whole range of comfortable and practical sanitary wear now.


    • November 14, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      It’s great that they’re discreet enough to use without feeling self-conscious.

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