Guest post by Sophie Turner
I am a 27-year-old beauty and health blogger, with a developing interest in professional fitness. Until recently I was unaware of what a pelvic floor was; let alone the health problems that come with it. Pelvic health is a topic all mummies are pretty clued up on. Little did I know though that the rest of us women should be just as conscious! I was ignorant to the fact that us ladies should practise pelvic floor exercises, even if we’ve not brought a little person into the world! My aim is to raise pelvic health awareness in women of all ages and motherhood status.
Simple and regular exercises will strengthen the pelvic floor with the most common of these being the Kegel technique.
The benefits of exercising your pelvic floor during pregnancy consist of:
- Reduced swelling
- Faster post-natal recovery
- Reduced pain during future births
Benefits for pre-natal women include:
- Better bladder control
- Stronger abdominals
- Flatter stomach
- Improved ability to orgasm ;o)
I have personally found the ‘stop and hold’ technique the most effective. Although that’s probably because it’s the easiest to remember!
Something for you to try:
when you go to the toilet, try and stop the flow of urine mid-way and hold it for 10-30 seconds. This will gradually strengthen your pelvic floor, and you’ll notice you can hold it longer and longer as time progresses.
Can you admit to ever having whoops moment? Perhaps when laughing, sneezing, or even when jumping on a trampoline? There’s no doubt that this is a taboo subject, but once I got chatting about it to other women it became clear that it happens to the best of us. A close friend admitted to having a little ‘leak’ every time she laughed too hard. She had this problem for years (which can be compromising, when you’re out on a girly shopping trip) but she has now overcome it with regular pelvic floor exercises.
I guess what I’m trying to say is… don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, and colleagues about this issue. As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved, and I’m sure they’ll have experienced it at some point too. Truth be told, I too have had an incident before: on a trampoline! What can I say? Gravity defeated me, and it’s okay. I just make sure to do my exercises now!
Make sure you find the time to incorporate simple pelvic floor exercises into your daily routine. In front of the TV, at your desk, sitting at traffic lights. For those with more severe problems, there’s even products out there designed to help you go that extra mile (literally). No excuses ladies!
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