I’ve been absent. And I’ve missed this place. We moved last week and I am finally getting a handle on our routine again.
I promise I will get back to feeding and development. A “mama pelvic floor health” topic has been on my mind and it’s an important topic. It isn’t discussed openly and it should be! This topic is specifically at the forefront of my mind because I am now in the 16th week of my third pregnancy.
My mom should really write this. I finally understand why she disliked jumping on the trampoline when we were kids! She told me that I was going too hard too soon after having my first baby. I didn’t listen, at all. She was right, and my pelvic floor paid for it. My head struggled with the pregnancy weight gain and I was hell bent on getting it off. I did my first race when E was 5 weeks old, a boot camp when she was 3 months old, and ran my personal best half marathon when she was 8 months old. I was then pregnant again when she was 10 months old. All the pounding took it’s toll on my pelvic floor and I had trouble continently sneezing 8 weeks into my second pregnancy. I had to stop running shortly after the first trimester because I felt like I was wearing a tampon afterwards. Not good. Lesson learned… I do not want to have to change my undies every time I sneeze for the rest of my life.
I bought into the push towards getting the weight off as soon as possible. There are boot camps specifically geared toward post-baby bellies. They talk about modifying activities specifically for post-partum bodies but the instructors do not have a good understanding of the anatomy or function of the pelvic floor. I’ve heard a few pelvic floor physios mention that those classes only exacerbate the problem with all of the pelvic floor loading exercises.
I had a really tough time holding myself back in my second post-partum period. I was frumpy, chubby and feeling down about wearing my big clothes for much longer than I wanted tp. BUT I think I took better care of myself, and my pelvic floor. I invested in the future of my body. I attended pelvic floor lectures during my second pregnancy, and saw a pelvic floor physiotherapist during and after pregnancy.
Now in the throes of the weight gain and definition loss part of this new pregnancy, I am struggling again. I am trying my best to exercise with caution, do my pelvic floor exercises and take care with my core work. My abs are still very far apart (likely because my pregnancies are all very close together) and they are the cause for modified push-ups and core work. I feel like a wuss modifying things but I know it will pay off in the long run.
Our bodies are amazing and we underestimate the toll having babies takes. I did.
Some resources for Calgary folk:
Alberta wide resources:
There are many private physiotherapists that specialize in pelvic floor. Pelvic Floor Wellness has a list of Alberta wide therapists.
You can also search The Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association for specific locations.
Anyone have anything to add?