Is bladder leakage normal? Commercials on TV these days and rows upon rows of convenience store aisles filled with incontinence products would lead you to believe it is!
But believe it or not, bladder leakage is NOT just “part of being a woman.” Yes, 70% of women will experience a pelvic floor disorder at some time in their lives, but lucky for us, there are research-driven methods specifically designed to strengthen and maintain a women’s pelvic floor.
At Mommy Fitness, we believe that prevention is key. At our Prenatal Orientation (every Saturday at 8:30 am), Julie explains the Pelvic Pyramid to our expectant mamas, helps them become more aware of their bodies, and coaches them on how to properly engage these muscles to build strength and endurance throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
For our postpartum mamas, our instructors work on healing the pelvic floor and rebuilding strength after the stress of childbirth. While it’s normal to have some degree of pelvic floor issues postpartum, it’s important to actively work on resolving them. Our Total Control Program is a wonderful place to start!
The longterm health effects of a compromised pelvic floor can have a significant impact on quality of life. A few of the most common pelvic floor disorders are:
- Chronic constipation
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
Types of Incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence: When you leak a bit when you laugh, jump, cough, sneeze or do anything else that puts stress on the bladder
- Urge Incontinence: You experience the sudden urge to go to the bathroom
- Mixed Urinary Incontinence: You experience the symptoms of both SI and UI
While it may seem overwhelming to be experiencing one (or more) of these symptoms, don’t lose hope! There are steps you can take through diet, exercise, and brain-training to significantly improve your pelvic floor health.
I’ll be back soon with a post containing a few of Julie’s top tips for maintaining a strong pelvic floor!
*This information was taken with permission from research performed by the Women’s Health Foundation, developers of the Total Control program. Find more info at womenshealthfoundation.org