I have a problem. My problem is it’s cold outside and giving birth to two very large babies has left me, er, a bit broken. I’m at a point in my life when I need to take control of not just my fitness, but my body as well or run the risk of becoming a “Tena Lady”. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about, it’s the pelvic floor department.
I have to say, this is a difficult subject even for me to tackle. Who really wants to have a chat about not being able to sneeze, or the fact that when some of us say “I laughed so hard a little bit of wee came out,” and we aren’t joking. Yes, the subject of our ladies parts is not a topic we like to bring up.
So, what is the pelvic floor? Basically it’s a set of muscles which help your insides defy gravity and stay inside where they are supposed to. If these muscles get weak, well, you can guess what happens. One day you will be going about your day, you sneeze, and then your uterus pops out to say hello. In medical terms, it’s called a prolapse, do yourself a favour, don’t google pictures of it, there are some things that just can’t be unseen. But there is good news! You can exercise these muscles and prevent gravity from doing it’s job! Take that physics!
I know you are all wondering how do you do these magical exercises. Simple. pretend you are holding in wee-wee or a toot. The pretend holding of the wee-wee works the front muscles, and the pretend holding of the toot works the back muscles. But how many of these should you do? Well, that depends really on you. Some sources say 100 a day, others say 1,000 a day. Honestly, I would work closer to the 1,000 mark, because I don’t think that this is an exercise you can over-do. But if you can’t seem to get the hand of doing these, consult your doctor that deals with your lady bits who can help. I know it’s embarrassing but ten minutes of red cheeks to get your area in tip-top shape seems worth it. Your doctor can recommend what action should be taken. It could be you need a little device which gives small shocks to your inners (called a pelvic toner device) or surgery.