Pelvic floor incontinence has been a huge issue for me since having my babies. My first born was premature, and I was hospitalised for around three months before having him. I remember the doctor’s advice. “Do not tense your muscles, do not insert anything, do not push your poo out and do not overly activate your pelvic floor muscles. This will encourage movement in your cervix and may result in a reduction in the premature birth of your son.” Not knowing the severity of the situation, I laughed at the poo comment but didn’t really know the implications of not ‘exercising’ my muscles downstairs. I had heard of pelvic floor incontinence but wasn’t aware of the precise repercussions it could have by not exercising or preparing for birth. I thought pelvic floor incontinence only affected older women. I’d seen the ads on TV for ‘old people underwear’ due to leakage and always laughed. That was until I actually realised that pelvic floor incontinence could happen to any women, despite the number of babies, despite your age!
There I was, in the midst of a gym challenge, when I realised that my pelvic floor might not have been as strong as I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I was fit but having such a difficult pregnancy and birth created problems even I didn’t think could be an issue.
So let me set the scene, and hopefully, give you a laugh. It just might give you an insight into just how common pelvic floor incontinence can actually be.
I am in the middle of the Goodlife HC gym floor. Surrounded by personal trainers and members doing a series of HIIT and Cardio exercises within a tight timed timeframe. I finish the weighted session and jump over to the next exercise. To my utter horror, it was skipping. I jump straight into it, only to realise twenty-five jumps in that I was leaking. I thought, “Am I just working so hard? Or was pissing myself? Whilst trying to plead with the fitness director to stop, I looked down, realised I had black tights on, and just kept going. F*#k it. It kept happening, and all I remember was screaming “I can’t do this! I’m peeing my pants!” I don’t remember who looked at me (maybe I’ve blocked it from my memory), but I was embarrassed.
Pelvic floor incontinence is common, but can be prevented and even fixed with the right treatment. That’s where No Mummy Tummy comes in. The No Mummy Tummy can help to prevent pelvic floor incontinence by proper exercise and breathing techniques through pregnancy and birth and to assist with the strength of your diastasis recti and surrounding muscles.
The No Mummy Tummy program assists to strengthen you're transverse, pull and tighten your pelvic floor muscles and breath properly when birthing to allow for contraction and relaxation of the muscles when necessary thus reducing symptoms such as pelvic floor incontinence.
The No Mummy Tummy Program is suitable for pregnant and post-pregnant women who feel they have pelvic floor incontinence or simply want to avoid it post pregnancy.If you would like more information on what program suitable for you to help with pelvic floor incontinence, visit www.nomummytummy.com.au or contact the head office team on 1300 217 372.