News: Women in their 30s and 40s says motherhood is biggest achievement


Women in their 30s and 40s are most likely to say having children is their proudest achievement new research has revealed.

The joys of motherhood are many, but pregnancy and childbirth puts your body through all kinds of changes and bladder weakness is a very common side effect of pregnancy or childbirth.

It can occur during or soon after pregnancy and even, for some women, long after their children have grown up. For those who experience it around pregnancy, bladder weakness is often a temporary condition but it can still have a serious impact on lifestyles.

One in two women experience the problem at some point in their lives, and lights by TENA’s research found 41 per cent of the women surveyed have felt the need to avoid socialising because of bladder weakness, while a further 37 per cent admitted to avoiding travel plans and a quarter of women have even bailed on work commitments.

And, for new mums, it’s another thing to juggle during what is one of the busiest times of their lives.

Many women see improvements by using the pelvic floor exercises. Visit TENA’s exercise zone for simple, convenient ways to get those vital muscles back into shape, while the lights by TENA range, designed for women experiencing occasional light bladder weakness, offers an immediate solution to help busy mums get on with their days.

The lights by TENA survey also discovered:

  • 27 per cent of women say body confidence could be considered one of the top three greatest achievements one could reach
  • 12 per cent of women in their 20s have taken out a loan or borrowed money from a friend for a holiday abroad
  • One in 10 women (13 per cent) have used a loan or borrowed money to pay for their monthly bills
  • A third of women in their 20s say an educational achievement was their proudest moment to date. Women in their 30s and 40s were more likely to say their proudest moment was having children.
  • 43 per cent of women are romantics
  • One in four (27 per cent) have tried online dating – with mixed results
  • 23 per cent of women could not live without their handbag, while 34 per cent could not live without moisturiser and 13 per cent could not live without their little black dress
  • Just 16 per cent of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s would always consider themselves a feminist. 35 per cent would sometimes consider themselves a feminist.