Everyone has an idea of what happens in labour. You know, pains, ouch, ouch, ouch, a lot of pushing and then a baby appears into the world. But no one tells you just what it's like afterwards. I don't mean how to cope with a baby, but just how much your bits downstairs are affected.
You can't have a baby pushing down on your bits for 9 months and then push him out of said bits without it changing somewhat. And what part is most affected? Your Pelvic Floor muscles.
What are your pelvic floor muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles hold your pelvic organs, the uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder, in place. They support the bladder and bowel, and give you control when you urinate. Located between your legs, they run from your pubic bone at the front to the base of your spine at the back and, as you get older, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker.
Pregnancy also has a big effect on your pelvic floor muscles. As I said above, for the whole 9 month of pregnancy, the baby, amniotic fluid, placenta, everything, is resting on top of the pelvic floor muscles with great pressure, causing them to stretch and become weaker too.
Weakened pelvic muscles can cause problems such as urinary incontinence and reduced sensitivity during sex so making sure you do pelvis floor exercises is essential to keep them toned and to strengthen them too.
How to do pelvic floor exercises
To be able to locate your pelvic floor muscles, simply imagine that you are urinating and then try to stop it mid stream. You feel that tensing? well that is your pelvic floor muscles.
To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, you have to squeeze said muscles in and hold it there for about 10 seconds before letting go and doing it again (do not hold your breath or tighten your stomach whilst doing these). Repeat this about 10 times. It is advised that you do this a few times a day.
The joys of children
Now, having children may be one of the best things I have ever done, but my pelvic floor muscles don;t thank me for this. You see, when I had Thomas I was a bit naive about the whole, having to do exercises part, and didn't take them seriously at all. Now I've just had my third child I am suffering because of this and need to get it sorted.
My husband is going for the big snip in a few months as we have decided that 3 is our magic number and we'll be having no more children so now is the time for me to focus on getting my feminine health back up to scratch and to make sure that my pelvic floor muscles are strengthened.
The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser
The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser is an easy-to-use, flexible pelvic floor exerciser with a range of clinically tested programs, providing relief from stress, urged and mixed incontinence as well as improving sexual well-being.
It has just been awarded the ECRM Award for Most Innovative Product 2015 which TensCare Ltd are very proud of and, I, well I will be putting this to the test over the next few months to see how it can improve my pelvic floor muscles and hopefully tone and strengthen them.
The Elise works by sending a gentle stimulation to your pelvic floor through a vaginal probe working your pelvic floor muscle for you, gently strengthening and toning your pelvic floor muscle which in-turn improves the symptoms of incontinence. To get full benefit from it, it is to be used every day with eash session lasting for 20 minutes. Many people will see improvements within as little as 3-4 weeks but the Elise should be used for a period of 12 weeks.
The Elise has a One Touch Memory which remembers the last program, strength and settings used and will turn off after 20 minutes to ensure the pelvic floor muscle is not overworked and I cannot wait to start using it to see how it works for me.
For more information about TensCare and The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, pop over to the TensCare website and I'll be back in a couple of months to let you know how the Elise has worked for me, the results and my overall thoughts.