Let’s talk about “down there”. Shhhhhhh

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Let’s talk about “down there”. Shhhhhhh

July 9, 2012

By guest blogger: Samantha Montpetit-Huynh , founder of Core Expectations

 

You know what I’m talking about – down there. Your Vajayjay, V-J, vagina or on a whole, your pelvic floor. The “special place” that most moms don’t talk about especially after they have had kids. And really, there usually isn’t a need until something goes wrong and then they may talk to their doctor but that’s only once it becomes a real problem.
So why is that? Well I guess the obvious. It’s not like you’re going to start chatting about your privates with the neighbour while you’re own cutting the lawn. But more so, it’s just something we have been taught not to discuss. And I bet if you asked your mother, she would say “sure, I leak or wear a pad” but I had 3 kids. So????

Well I’m here to say that the “so” is a big deal. As common as it is for women to leak after having children, it is not normal. Statistics show that 1 in 3.5 women who deliver vaginally have some degree of incontinence. Once they hit 30 years of age, it increases to 1 in 3. Then add multiple, pregnancies, deliveries, age and lack of exercises and you find that the only way you can get through that morning boot camp is to wear a pad. Not good.

It has becoming increasingly disturbing to me the amount of my clients that have some degree of incontinence. Whether it’s just spurts when they cough or sneeze, not being able to hold their urine when they have to go badly or wearing a pad to workout, it’s ALOT more common than you think. And what a shame when you have young children but can’t run after them without being prepared.

So if the average age of my clients are in their mid thirties and approximately 70% of them have some degree of pelvic floor weakness, we have to ask what are they going to be dealing with 10 years from now? This is when Depends starts to make all their money.

But you can fix it or certainly slow down the process and I am going to approach it from a personal trainers point of view. The biggest error people make is forgetting that the pelvic floor muscles are like EVERY OTHER MUSCLE in your body. So in other words, if you don’t use it, you lose it!

Strength training and flexibility will build muscles and support where you need it but for some, standard kegels are not enough. Guaranteed, once you start an exercise program, any exercise program, you are going to plateau. Same goes “down there”. At some point you must increase the resistance or change up the program to get your muscles to respond again and perform better. This is why there are programs such as Pfilates and products such as the EPI-NO that help you kick it up a notch when it comes to strengthening these muscles. There are even pelvic floor physiotherapists out there to help guide you along the way. Like I said, it’s waaaaay more common than you may think.

So think about this the next time you’re sitting around at your computer. Why not start right NOW and do some kegels?? You’re in control of what the future holds. Do you want to run and play with your kids, start running again with confidence or just wear pads every day of the week? It’s up to you.

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