That moment you feel a sneeze coming, you stop walking, cross your legs and silently pray you packed a spare pair of knickers today. Sound familiar?
Fun fact: Peeing yourself when you sneeze isn’t the norm and it doesn’t have to be this way, despite what you may have been led to believe by the media and the people who make millions out of selling incontinence products.
You can in fact do all the sneezing, coughing, laughing, jumping and (insert move that makes you pee your pants) without stocking up on incontinence pads or having to deal with wet knickers. It just doesn’t have to be this way, so to banish these common misconceptions, here’s 4 fun facts about your undercarriage, that you need to know.
FACT #1: Peeing yourself when you sneeze or workout isn’t normal.
This isn’t something we just put up with because we gave birth. We did not endure 9 months of pregnancy and however many hours of birth to be gifted a weak pelvic floor! Many women just accept that peeing during a workout is okay, it’s not and it’s actually your body telling you that something is up. The good news is, you can do something about it and usually it can be done from the comfort of your own home! Or if not with the guidance of a Women’s Health Physical Therapist.
FACT #2: You must hold off exercises that make you pee.
If you go for a run and you end up with pee down your leg, you kinda need to stop going for a run for now, and focus on fixing it. You’re making things worse by pushing through and ignoring this. I get that you’re frustrated and I get that running is your thing and it makes you feel good. But trust me, take a few steps back, work on rebuilding those foundations again, with safe and effective exercises designed to strengthen your pelvic floor properly, and in time, you’ll be back and even more kickass than before, minus the urine… Bonus!
FACT #3: There’s such a thing as a pelvic floor that’s ‘too tight’.
If you’re the queen of kegels, squeezing out a set whilst you’re queuing at traffic lights and every chance you get, you could be doing it too much! If you tuck your butt you could be contributing to a tighter and shorter pelvic floor. You need strong and functional – Too tight or too saggy – neither makes for a pelvic floor that really works. A strong pelvic floor is one that is fully RELAX, not one that stays kegel-ed all the time.
FACT #4: Poor alignment contributes to a weak pelvic floor.
If you sit too much, don’t walk often enough, are slouched over a desk most of the day, and tuck your butt underneath you, this is all stuff that’s counter-productive in aiding your pelvic floor to work properly.