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Soon after Sharon Oakley gave birth in 2018, acquaintances were quick to congratulate her on her appearance. “Oh, you look really good – you’ve really bounced back!” she says people told her within months of having her baby.

She may have looked like she’d ‘snapped back’. But the reality was different. While she had lost most of the weight she’d put on during pregnancy, physically, she was suffering. An avid runner, Oakley, a Canadian who lives in Yorkshire, UK, loved jogging with her son in the stroller, a routine she took up six months after giving birth. But she’d leak urine the whole way. Back at work, she started experiencing bladder leaks in the office, too.

After a complicated diagnosis journey that included a six-month wait for a physiotherapist referral, Oakley was diagnosed with bladder, rectocele, and uterine prolapses – where the pelvic organs, not adequately held in place by a weakened pelvic floor, slip out of their normal position.

Four years later, her condition has improved. But she still has occasional leaks. She carries spare knickers with her everywhere. She worries when she runs. For a while, she thought she might have to quit her job.

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