Okay, ladies…time to talk more about recovering from pregnancy. Guys, if you’re reading, you might want to skip this one. It’s going to talk entirely too much about lady parts.
Ready? (Guys, you’re not reading anymore, right?)
Birth and Your Lady Parts
So, we’ve all heard the stories. After you have a baby you’re…well…looser. Right? Which could lead to annoyances like accidentally peeing your pants a little, experiencing less pleasure with your husband, or other, more serious issues (like actual incontinence). Those pelvic floor muscles are pretty important, no? Not to mention we need them to push out future babies, if we’re planning to have any!
Well, this is a mix of truth and lies. Yes, birth affects your pelvic floor muscles. And yes, that can lead to some of the above mentioned side effects. But no, you’re not going to be super loose after having one baby. Or even two or three. Depends on your individual muscle tone, your age, etc. but you will not necessarily experience issues.
I only pee my pants when I’m still pregnant.
Yeah, I know, that’s no fun to hear. I do remember one of my friends, while pregnant with her third, having competitions with her older children to see who could change their pants fewer times (due to wetting them) in a day. There are all kinds of fun stories!
(If you haven’t had a baby yet…I am not trying to scare you. It really is not — usually — a big deal. And when you are 9 months pregnant and huge and tired, accidentally peeing a little will be the least of your worries.)
Helping the Pelvic Floor Muscles
Whether you’ve had a baby or not, strengthening your pelvic floor muscles should be important to you. Strong muscles can help you push your babies out more effectively. It can also prevent nasty things like true incontinence or bladder prolapse someday.
Most people talk about kegel exercises. This is one major way to strengthen these muscles.
But I’ll confess: I almost never remember to do them. Do you? And honestly, even when I try, it feels strange to me.
They’re so good for you and they can really help you, though. Seriously.
So when a company, Intimina, approached me to talk about their new product, a “kegel exerciser,” I was intrigued. The company has a line of intimate products but this is the only one I was interested in (and the only one they asked me to try).
It’s a tricky and private subject, but…we need to talk about it. We need to make sure our bodies are strong enough to handle child birth and the aftermath, and not succumb to “damage.” It does not have to be that way. I’m big on taking on controversial subjects in order to help people, so I agreed to do this.
The way this product works is that you wear it, internally. The natural motions of your body during the day combined with your muscles having to work to keep the small device in place actually strengthens the muscles, without you having to actively remember to do any specific exercises.
How handy is that, honestly? There are a thousand things that would be good for me that I just don’t remember to do each day. I am far too busy to add anything to my routine that is going to take any serious time or brain power to do. I can’t. I even have to make all my daily salads at once or I will not eat them. If this company had asked me to do something active, that required a 10 – 15 min. per day routine or something, there is no way I could have pulled it off.
So, the idea of doing “nothing” and getting a work out — especially since I’m still working to recover from my most recent birth, about 4.5 months ago — sounded pretty neat.
I’m a little afraid of it, but I’m going to suck it up and give it a go. Especially since I had that minor issue with uterine prolapse after Jacob’s birth, I want to make sure my muscles are healed and strong before I even think about getting pregnant again.
On Monday I’m going to give you my thoughts on it. And then, you’ll have a chance to win one for yourself! (Yes, a brand new one.)
**This post was sponsored by Intimina. All opinions are my own.**