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Last Christmas we got the kids a trampoline.
Christmas eve, after they went to bed, we set that sucker up so it would be all good to go Christmas morning.
They were so delighted on Christmas morning upon the discovery of Santa’s delivery that they made me get on it straight away for some Tramp Olympics.
All went well for about 5 jumps when I started to feel my ham and champagne jiggling, a bubbly burp burned my nostrils, and I decided jumping should always commence before early morning champers… then I felt something odd a little lower.
First it was only one drop of wee, but I found that the more I tried to hold onto it the less control I had.
I officially peed my pants. Not a whole wee but certainly more than a droplet. Let’s call it a wee-let.
My second child was nearing her second birthday but my pelvic floor had not miraculously, voluntarily, returned to its water tight self. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, childbirth is not fit for the human body. It seriously messes with your kit and caboodle.
I can sneeze confidently, as long as I brace myself first, but I cannot do a star jump without that familiar awkward warmth.
I have tried ‘frunches’, or fanny crunches, and I have written about it openly. This is not stuff to be ashamed about because frankly when a watermelon steam trains its way out of your vagina it’s really not your fault if things go awry in the aftermath.
Some women don’t experience pelvic floor issues until menopause, so on top of hot flushes and mood swings they may also experience leaky knicks. Bonus.
The Continence Foundation of Australia reports that 37% of Australian women will experience bladder incontinence. That’s more than one in three of us. That’s a lot of awkward pee because they also claim that 70% of women will not seek help. Many women believe that after they’ve had a baby its just what happens.
There are many products on the market to mop up leakages and they all support that it’s a normal thing, but the fact is you do not actually need to live with it.
You can do something about it.
Pelvic floor exercises are great, apparently, I can never remember to do them. Sporadically I do them in the supermarket queue but people always worry I’m having a stroke as I cannot do them without making ‘the face’.
Knowing whether you are doing Kegels correctly or isolating the right muscles can be tricky because your pelvic floor is all secretly tucked away and you can’t see what’s going on internally.
It looks like a torpedo, but it’s my new favourite vaginal gadget.
You simply download the PeriCoach app onto your smart phone or tablet, and kick back for two minutes a day and watch your progress as you become water tight.
You just download the app onto your smart phone or tablet, and hook them together with Bluetooth.
Then you insert the unit, using a little lube if need be, and the app guides you through the rest. You calibrate it to your own body, you are not competing against anyone else’s pelvic floor but your own, and set your base line.
Set up takes about 5 minutes.
Then you clench and relax when it prompts you to watching your progress on the dynamic chart as your vagootz has a work out.
It’s actually brilliant because you can see clearly whether you are doing it correctly – even minuscule movements are detected. It tells you exactly how long to hold and relax for and you don’t need to think about it.
I’ve only used it a few times and I’ve noticed that holding the contraction is much easier in just a few sessions, and when a session is only 2 minutes a day it’s easy to fit it into my routine, especially as the app can send you reminders to keep you on track.
I go to the gym three times a week, and I train my muscles to keep myself fit and strong and buff, the pelvic floor is just another muscle in the body, with an important job to do. Why not dedicate 2 minutes a day to getting my Olympic trampolining career on track with a rock solid pelvic floor?
Check out this video to see how it works.
Check out the PeriCoach website here for more information but I honestly reckon its a fab option to help you regain your pelvic floor strength. I can’t wait to report back with results in a month or two.