Raising Expectations

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Author
Sarah
Published
November 9, 2021
Category
Health

Here are some phrases I’ve heard from women in San Angelo, TX.

“You know, I leak urine if I have a bad cough.”

“Well, I only leak urine if I’m doing double unders.”

“I mean, sometimes I leak urine when I run but I’ve had 3 babies.”

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? Maybe you have your on narrative going on in your head about what is or isn’t acceptable when it comes to leaking urine.

Let’s switch “leaking urine” with “leaking stool” and see how that changes our perception of what is and isn’t acceptable.

“You know, I leak stool if I have a bad cough.”

“Well, I only leak stool if I’m doing double unders.”

“I mean, sometimes I leak stool when I run but I’ve had 3 babies.”

Do I have your attention now? Ladies, the same muscles that keep you from leaking urine also keep you from pooping your pants. So, it can happen. No amount of leaking (urine or poop) should be acceptable, ever. I cringe when I hear women say phrases like the ones listed above. As women we deserve better. We only get one body and we’re in a very serious relationship, long-term relationship with that body. Think about all you’ve asked your body to do over your life. It’s rebounded from the poor nutrition (and alcohol) days of college, grew/carried/birthed babies, survived on months/years of little sleep, allowed you to get back in shape after having a baby, survived all the fad diets, and it still shows up for you every day. So, let’s raise our expectations and begin taking care of our bodies as a thanks for all of things it does for us every day.

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