A short post to get you thinking about the condition of your pelvic floor & is it needs some TLC!
Is it normal to leak when you sneeze?
NO NO NO NO! It is not ok. Its happened to me a couple of times when pregnant with my 2nd child when a sneeze has caught me out. I was kinda shocked and not shocked - 2nd baby, right?
I don’t leak now when I sneeze – my pelvic floor has definitely been put to the test this winter – how may bugs have been going around? Sneezing, vomiting, jumping all put the pelvic floor under stress due to the increase in abdominal pressure. Weak pelvic floor = accidents. I have made a conscious effort to look after mine – you only have one and it’s got to last a lifetime!
I find these figures shocking:
- Urinary Incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide.
- The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence. (Irwin et al 2005)
- One in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily
- Urinary Incontinence is twice as common in women as in men due to Pregnancy,. Childbirth and menopause.
So if you do have this problem what are you doing about it???
Are you paying for pads and just getting on with it?
Are you making half hearted attempt of doing a couple of squeeze at traffic lights, washing dishes and before you go to sleep?
What I want to say is that your pelvic floor needs to be functional and do it’s job. It is so important and probably not very looked after. Its a bit hidden away and no one really knows what’s going on. You don’t need to be leaky if you strengthen your pelvic floor. Did you know you get 70% more pelvic floor activation doing a squat then just squeezes alone.
Oh by the way doing random squeezes wont help much – the pelvic floor is a group of muscles and like any other muscle in the body you need to push it out of it comfort zone for it to become stronger.
I am running 2 Holistic Core Restore® : Everywoman course from the start of June. Places are limited to 6ppl per course. If you are that 1 woman in 4 you don't have to accept this.
This course will help you understand how you pelvic floor works & empower you to strengthen it correctly and functionally. But this course is so much more than just a pelvic floor course – you will learn how to use your core correctly, you learn how to eat more healthy for you and your family (no diets or detoxing going on), get a few sore muscles along the way in all the right places & there is a focus on wellness and you.
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Each course is limited to 6ppl.