Did you know one in three women experience pelvic floor weakness at some stage in their lives? It’s one of those things that Irish women don’t really talk about but it’s been no secret on my blog that I suffered from incontinence during my pregnancy with Kadie, or through any of my pregnancies for that matter. It was frustrating and downright embarrassing at times; I would leak almost every time I coughed, sneezed or laughed out loud.

A combination of hormone changes and extra weight from pregnancy can lead to pregnancy incontinence. That alone can be a huge strain and weaken your pelvic floor muscles before your baby is born. Our pelvic floor is a sling-like muscle that our bladder, bowel and uterus sit on. It gives us control over when we empty our bowels and bladder. A strong pelvic floor helps to support the extra weight during pregnancy and can help with healing after delivery by increasing the circulation of our blood.

There are so many symptoms associated with pelvic floor weakness. Some women find they need to go the toilet in a hurry, others find they need to go more frequently. Some people can find it difficult to empty their bowels or bladder and you can also break wind uncontrollably too.

After having children, a weak pelvic floor can cause problems like urinary incontinence, reduced sensitivity during sex (seriously who wants that?) and there is also the increased risk of a pelvic organ prolapse. And if I’m completely honest the last one scares the living daylights out of me.

The Vital compact is the ‘go-to’ muscle stimulant for Irish women and new mums who have a weak pelvic floor. It provides pelvic floor rehabilitation without the need for an internal probe, and it’s been clinically proven to be life-changing, helping to restore pelvic strength and provide an effective incontinence treatment too.

A couple of weeks after delivering Kadie, I was determined to restore my pelvic floor strength. I found the best way in finding the right muscles was by trying to stop the flow of my pee when using the toilet. I began my pelvic floor exercises by doing a couple while lying down for a couple of seconds at a time in bed, soon building myself up to 10 to 15 times a day. I do it without even thinking now, like when I’m watching TV, peeling the spuds or just out walking, not that I go far with three kids!

The key to building back up the strength in your pelvic floor muscle is not to hold your breath or to tighten your bum, belly or thigh at the same time, but to squeeze the muscles between your bum and urethra. As you build up the confidence, you can hold it for a few seconds more each time.

Now I can proudly say I’m a little more confident to laugh or sneeze as I’m building back up the muscle in my pelvic floor. The last thing I need, or anyone needs, is a lifetime of incontinence. If you’re suffering with your pelvic floor, it is never too late to restore your pelvic floor strength. I bet you that you have practised it at least once whilst reading this.

For more information please visit Neurotech Vital for Women.

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10 Comments on Don’t Suffer in Silence: Look After Your Pelvic Floor

  1. And you’re right, I did practice it while reading this. Lol nurse stressed to do this when I had Matthew and chloe. But both times I didn’t do it. I know, bad Form. And my bladder is weaker and I can’t hold it as good as I used to. I’m getting there. When I run the water for cleaning the bottles I have the urge to pee. Never used to have that.

  2. I have an overly honest big sister who is far too vocal when she has a pelvic floor moment, haha. I was on the ball with the pelvic floor exercises the whole way through my pregnancy and after, I think they’re stronger than they were before, haha. My abs might be shot, but my pelvic floor is hench, haha.

  3. I never did my PFE after birth and boy do I regret it now. It’s definitely something I need to work on. It’s so simple too – I really have no excuse.

  4. Ha ha! That is so funny. I was doing my pelvic floor exercises all the way through reading your post. I think having a strong pelvic floor can really help in labour too. I must remember to do them more. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  5. Ah the pelvic floor subject. I had SPD carrying my twins. I swear that didn’t help me at all. I was quite good on ocassions and would do my excersises. But this treatment sounds great. I’ll be sure to read more on it if I need to. X

  6. Great post, many people don’t talk about this but I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with my second child and feeling it on those pelvic floors! Thanks for writing about it 🙂

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