Thursday, 13 May 2010

Continue to Squeeze

There were some things I neglected to mention in my previous post. Such as the importance of doing your pelvic floor exercises correctly. If you cheat, then you reap no benefit and you might as well chew bubblegum and drink soda pop for all your pelvic floor is going to garner from this effort.

I found this link, but if you think you might have a problem, do seek help, because accidental wees ARE avoidable. You CAN do something about it. There IS someone who can help you. And unfortunately it will not get better without toning those muscles.

When I first started going to the physio I rated a measly 19 on the squeeze-o-meter. The target squeeze is 30. Is this TMI? Too bad, that's what carrying two babes in my belly did.


And as Jodi from Che & Fidel pointed out, mamas who have caesareans are not out of the woods either, those muscles stretch from carrying around those big babies in bellies.

So everyone, mama or not a mama, use it or lose it!

I've included a clip for your pelvic floor motivation. Here's something to inspire you.



And before I zoom off to bed, Mama Mogantosh has been celebrating with streamers, pinatas and margaritas the Week O'Mamas. Head on over there to read about all sorts of mamas, including me. But don't mistake my head as the pinata, ok?

Toodles!

9 comments:

Sammy said...

My favourite scene in the whole movie!

Thank you for posting, I had forgotten how brilliant it is, hahahah

xx

Tania said...

A friend of mine just signed up for a SIX WEEK COURSE. After the first week she rang me up and said "Did you know the best way to do your pelvic floor exercises is to imagine you are sucking up a piece of spaghetti?" I'm rocking in the corner for just a wee while longer, hands over ears, doing lalalalalalalala's...

Mama Mogantosh said...

Break those stigmas down, PMM. A friend of mine is a pelvic floor physiotherapist - another one of those jobs you never knew imagines, pre-baby-life...

Thanks for playing Week O'Mama's!

xx

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Bizarrely we just had a little chat at my work from the incontinence nurse and she talked us through the exercises and we now have a sign on the back of our office toilet door as a reminder to do them.
Nice work on the reminder!
I am quite shcoked that there IS a 6 week course!!!!

Michele said...

Well done PMM for posting on this and with such honesty and humour (and a great clip from such an Aussie classic)

The physio who is a guru in this field can be found here (Mary O'Dwyer) a friend of mine raves about her and her book/videos etc (and her husb did the website for Mary I think - guess he was a happy man : )))

http://www.holditsister.com/

I also came across this page while looking for Hold It Sister thought may be helpful too
http://www.healthymum.com.au/

Stacey said...

Once in a bar in Bangkok I had a "performer" shoot a ping pong ball at me - no hands. She told me I could keep it. I politely declined.
I'm sucking up the spag as we speak.

gretchen said...

I for one salute you! The more we know about what goes on down there the better! I go for the fragmented pee routine. That is stopping the flow COMPLETELY, then let go and repeat! (it takes ages to complete a pee because you break in up into 10 widdle stages) Dont get me started on the importance of perineal massage at the end of pregnancy... not that it pleasurable I can assure you. But I've had three sprogs and all this info is invaluable and it works!

CarolineB said...

Need to dig out my copy of Priscilla....love that movie....

Hawk4404 said...

Yet another great physio site is at www.hab-it.com. I have learned a ton from her blog!