Excitement. No, not from the weights, although they are generally known as a sex toy bringing pleasure, they can also improve the tone of your pelvic floor. When Paula (my women’s health physio) advised of this approach, I wanted to tell everyone! I have hope again! So yes, I was excited.
A word to describe our pelvic floor after having a baby is floppy. Yep floppy and somewhat stretched. 🙊 we can hold a solid pelvic floor contraction and we can fully relax it too, which is the balance we look for from within. Yet when it is at its resting state, some of us may need to work on its tone. This is especially important for runners, as when we run our pelvic floor should be resting and naturally be in synergy with our body, not squeezing it at all. Therefore if our overall tone is good we are less likely to experience incontinence while carrying out high impact exercise. As well as improving sex life, by increasing sensation and reducing pain.
Smart Ball Teneo uno - suitable for uterine prolapse.
When we think about it, our pelvic floor is a muscle just like our bicep. We do bicep curls to strengthen and tone our arms, so why shouldn't we be training our pelvic floor too so that too functions well? Look, I'm not a physio, I am a Personal Trainer who specialises in safe return to exercise for postnatal women, therefore I'm not able to tell you if your pelvic floor is strong, needs more strengthening or is overactive. This is where Paula comes into it @ Yummy Mummy Physio.
A question I ask on the pre-screening form for all Mums who join our classes: 'Have you been doing your pelvic floor exercises?' General response… ‘sometimes, when I remember’. This is when I smile and explain we are all the same. Sometimes this is actually a good thing as I can then explain from scratch how one should be performed, instead of having to re-train someone who is doing them, and potentially not being effective. I find a lot of women do them the wrong way round, contracting on the inhale or even holding their breath and bracing the entire mid section. This can have the opposite effect to what we are trying to achieve and push down on our pelvic floor.
You want to start running and now have a little one in tow so you decide to buy a running pram. The question is - which one? I never really do much research into what I purchase, can be a little impulsive and then regret it later 😬😳
So we asked one our Mamas, Nadine who had researched the pros and cons before choosing her Bob Ironman.
Nadene pictured above with her Bob Ironman (please note baby not included).