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this is the second day that i've been on the treadmill working out, and when i've finished my underwear and shorts are wet, not just with sweat - somehow i've peed on myself. What the hell is going on?

Fri. Aug 17, 11:38am

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Let me tell you a little story...
When my sister was 18, she and a bunch of her athlete friends ran their first 5K. Although they ran as part of the sports they played and had the leg strength and cardio fitness, they were not used to running flat-out for more than a mile. One of them ended up puking in the bushes at the side of the road, and another one wet her pants.

Maybe it's the high-impact nature of running - jostling your innards, releasing toxins (in a good way) through your system faster than you're used to, etc - but it seems to upset the functions of a lot of new runners. I'm glad I started out with treadmill running, because after 5 minutes, I had to hit pause and run to the bathroom for a bowel rush for the first 2-3 weeks. Now I can contain myself, let the feeling pass, and indulge in a healthy bathroom event a couple of hours later.

I'd suggest taking your workout down a notch. Or, even if you don't feel the urge, take a break after 5-10 minutes and go to the bathroom. Hopefully this phenomenon will pass in a few weeks.

Other possibilities: UTI. Or if you've ever had a baby, that can do funny things to your bladder (some women actually have the damn thing try to fall out, and they push it back in - how scary is that!!).

Friday, August 17, 2007, 12:21 PM

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I feel so much better!

OP here - I had a baby 8 months ago, and i guess in addition to the new routine of jogging on the treadmill has set me out of whack. I thought something was wrong with me, it's just weird that i couldnt actually feel myself urinating.

I'll take your advice about the bathroom check. I'll also take my husband's advice (through his hysterical laughing) to wear a maxi pad or poise pad to catch my leaks...

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:10 PM

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Problem with wearing pads while doing certain cardio activities: the edges can leave friction burns in awkward places. If you decide to try it, choose the kind without wings, that don't overlap the edges of your underwear.

Friday, August 17, 2007, 1:43 PM

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i sometimes get drips when i run too, i don't feel it or know it's happening either. it's much less now that i've been running awhile, but every now and then i'll be in the middle of a run and i'll get this crazy urge to "go". so i'll stop and pee.... when i 'dribble' it's not really more than when i get a massive sneeze attack. but i too get the dribbles, you can't see it through my shorts so i'm not too concerned about it. hopefully it will slow down the more you run, but i agree with the other poster, maybe kick it down a notch for a week or so and see what happens. good luck!

geez, i haven't even had kids yet and i dribble when i sneeze and run... what will happen to me then?! :)


Friday, August 17, 2007, 3:00 PM

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OP, you just said that you've recently had a baby - most women have less control of their "holding in" skills after having a baby due to general stretching of the muscles in the area.

This may be a mixture of that, plus the more strenous nature of your work out. I'm on a track team, and during x-country so many girls end up puking after the race...the body is "handling" with the increased stress that way.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 12:27 AM

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It is a lot to do with having kids, and the lower muscles slacken off.
Try this when you are just standing around doing whatever, tighten up your insides and hold for about 10 seconds. and let go SLOWLY. When You go to the toilet, stop halfway through your pee, then slowly let go,and finish. You don't have to do this everytime you go butuntil you can get an instant cut off is good. tighten the lower belly muscles helps as well, it does work.
I have 12 kids And even with the exercises still wear a small pad when on the dreadmill

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 3:18 PM

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Yup, Kegels exercises work!

as the poster before me mentioned....Kegels exercises are great for tightening your bladder control muscles, and as an added bonus it's a great tool to use on your husband during love making. the more you do the kegel's the more control you'll have on your muscle - hence being able to "tighten up" during intercourse, which drives men wild!

Monday, August 20, 2007, 5:08 PM

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