A few tips to help you get back into it after having kids!

 

 

If you’ve had kids, I’m sure you’re familiar with the side effects of a weak pelvic floor. Heck, mine was weak before I even had kids! In fact, I made an appt. with a Urologist pre-kids just to find out how grim the future looked for me in this department. The result of that appt. was basically confirmation that kids will likely make things worse and only then can we assess the situation, which I did about 12 months ago.

So with 2 kids in tow, I’d been given the green light to start exercising again … so what could I do to get my body back but not cause more strain to my pelvic floor? My own exercise journey post-partum wasn’t ideal so I like to think of it as a really good learning experience. Fortunately, there has since been an app developed by Pelvic Floor First which is free and includes a stack of safe-exercises for women at risk. There are also some really good fitness programs available now such as the Kelsey Wells Post-Pregnancy program by Sweat and the Mutu System.

The above programs/ app weren’t yet developed when I was ready to get back into exercise so I went straight into HIIT style workouts knowing that my body responds well physically to this style of training. Weight wise, my results were great but the high intensity movements caused further weakening to my pelvic floor so I made the decision to switch to reformer pilates and to continue doing pelvic floor exercises through the Squeezy app on my phone. After 10 months of consistent pelvic floor strengthening, only then did I feel ready to add more high-intensity movements again and increase my weight training.

These days, I wouldn’t say that I have reversed my weak pelvic floor but I’m at a comfortable place with it. Its something that I am constantly aware of and have in the back of my mind. If I notice any changes, I adapt my fitness regime accordingly and lower the intensity again. Doing this and accepting this has meant that I’ve been able to get my body back and in better shape than I was before kids but still live a life with only minimal disruption caused by suffering from weak pelvic floor issues.

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