I overheard a conversation the other day about skipping and peeing. A group of moms who worked out regularly, were enjoying a post gym coffee…
“Skipping…Urgh! Does anyone else find it’s just impossible to do without peeing a little?”, said one mum. The next revelation stopped me in my tracks. One after the other, these moms all admitted to having peed themselves at some point when doing various high intensity activities.
Let’s get one thing straight. Peeing yourself (even a tiny bit) is not in any way normal, okay or right.
I know modern day media will have you believe different. We’ve seen professional Crossfit athletes chuckle about pelvic floor issues and openly admit to peeing themselves mid competition, and we’re inundated with Tena Lady ads that make it seem acceptable to just accept it.
We don’t need to and shouldn’t have to accept a pelvic floor that doesn’t function properly. You deserve a post-baby body that works and that can cope with exercise and day to day activities. There are some cases where you’ll need the help and guidance from a medically trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist but, you can also take informed steps towards restoration yourself.
Build the foundations first, and you may well be able to do the intensive exercises, the running, skipping, (laughing and sneezing) that you love to do, again.
Steps to a Stronger Pelvic Floor:
- First of all STOP whatever it is that makes you leak, pee a little or just generally feel uncomfortable. By continuing, you are only exacerbating the problem and could be causing even more long term damage like pelvic organ prolapse. There’s a reason our bodies give us warning signs like this. Don’t ignore them.
- Get aligned. Pelvic floor tone and postural alignment are very much connected! We all spend far too much time slumped on sofas, at desks, hunched over, and walking in unsuitable footwear. Lose the heels, stand more, un-tuck your butt and walk every single day.
- Focus first on strengthening your pelvic floor with safe exercises designed specifically to find and work those muscles.
- See a medical professional. We’d always recommend that you consult with a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist. They’ll be able to determine the best route for you and guide you in your recovery.
- Don’t ignore your pelvic floor. The problem won’t go away by itself. No amount of running and intensive exercise will fix things, so it’s time to show your pelvic floor a little TLC.
If you are concerned about pelvic floor weakness after childbirth, learn more about Calling in the Pelvic Health Cavalry here.