- leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze, run or jump?
- have to wear a pad daily or during activities that you enjoy?
- just accept leaking as being part of having a baby?
How many of these did you say YES to? I’m guessing that many of you accept it as being part of having a baby. The thing is, LEAKING IS COMMON but it is NOT NORMAL!
It should not just ‘BE ACCEPTED’ as being part of having a baby! Regardless of what we are led to believe by certain companies promoting their products, there are long term solutions available that aren’t in the form of pads!
- 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily
- Urinary incontinence is twice as common in women as in men
- The major reasons of incontinence in women is pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
WHY DO YOU LEAK?
In simple terms, the reason you leak is because your pelvic floor muscles have become weak and are no longer doing their job.
STRESS INCONTINENCE is when leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze run or jump
You may leak when you put the key in the front door or hear running water for example, this is known as URGE INCONTINENCE
Perhaps you have a bit of both!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR?
The good news is that you can do something to improve your pelvic floor function and strength.
Pelvic floor exercises are key to strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. However a whole body approach is required because the pelvic floor muscles don’t sit in isolation, they are connected to and form part of our core muscles. It is also important that we train the pelvic floor to work whilst we do functional exercises as opposed to just a few squeeze and releasees whilst we are sitting or standing still.
Functional exercise is quite simply exercise that replicates how we move day to day or during specific sports and activities. The reason that it is important that we train the pelvic floor whilst doing functional exercises is that we want our pelvic floor muscles to serve us and do their job whilst we are on the move. Lets face it, we don’t usually leak when we are sitting still!
There is a little more to it than just a few exercises though, there are many other factors (not related to exercise) that affect out pelvic floor function, for example:
- Constipation, which through straining to go to the toilet puts pressure on the pelvic floor and weakens it further
- Bad bladder habits, the pelvic floor and bladder work together so bad habits such as going to the ‘toilet just in case’ also affect pelvic floor function.
The above topics and many more are covered in detail in the Holistic Core Restore ® Everywoman Programme which takes an holistic full body approach to restoring pelvic floor function. Click HERE to find out more.