Take this quiz to determine if your pelvic floor is functioning well.
Does pee come out of your body when you don’t want it to?
- No. Whaaat….? Does that happen to people?
- Yes. That’s why I dread getting a cold and having to cough and sneeze.
- Yes. Why do you think I quit running/CrossFit/dance/going to the gym?
- Yes, and it’s ruining my life!
If you chose 1:
The pelvic floor is complex, and I’m not saying yours is working perfectly, but, hey, you’re not dealing with the pee issue. Enjoy that!
However, if you notice:
- ongoing low back pain
- a feeling of heaviness in the lower belly
- a diastasis that won’t heal
- trouble controlling gas or bowel movements
- that your ab muscles aren’t getting their tone back
- or that your bottom is not returning to its full Kardashianness after your delivery
Then talk to someone like me, or a good pelvic floor physical therapist, because we can fix these things. You don’t need to suffer with a squishy belly, achy back, and yoga class fear of loud gas surprises. You really don’t.
The kinetic chain that surrounds the pelvic floor is very heal-able. You might even be surprised by how quickly you can get results.
If you chose 2, 3, or 4:
I’m sorry. That’s super annoying. But it doesn’t have to be like this forever.
Your doctor can tell you for sure if the pee thing going on with your body is from something relatively rare, like an infection. I am not a doctor. But as a personal trainer and specialist in postpartum corrective exercise, I do know that pregnancy and delivery have a deleterious effect on the pelvic floor and its surrounding joints and musculature.
The key thing: that deleterious effect should be temporary. As in, not permanent. As in, not for the rest of your life. It’s just that people have stopped knowing this (especially conventionally trained doctors–someday it will be different!) The pelvic floor is very responsive to exercise and corrective movement. You can heal.
Colds, CrossFit, Zumba, and a non-ruined life are in your future.