I’ve taught over a thousand kids yoga classes. Often in my toddler classes, I play Laurie Berkner’s Airplane Song. (I’ve played it so often I sometimes hear it in my sleep.) We fly! We spin! We gallop! We dance! And we jump! “And when you get up, you’re going to jump all around….” After the birth of my third child, I would cringe, squeeze my knees together and attempt to jump and hold my pee in. I can’t imagine what the look on my face was. I’m sure my lips were pinched too with eyes pleading to my pelvic floor to keep it together.
Women, myself included, have been conditioned to believe that leaking urine when you laugh, jump, lift or sneeze after you’ve given birth is normal. And leaking urine doesn’t just apply to mothers. As women age, our pelvic floor muscles, like the other muscles in our body weaken. So, with age, you may leak a little pee with sudden movement. This is referred to as stress incontinence. I practiced, taught and immersed myself in prenatal yoga so I was shocked that my otherwise healthy body would turn on me so easily! And unfortunately, I just accepted it.
It was only in the last few years that I discovered that stress incontinence is not normal. With a lot of education, appropriate physical movement, and the support of a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, women can cure themselves.
I received an easy referral to my Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist from my doctor. In fact, I didn’t even have to go in and see her. Everything was handled over the phone. I’m lucky that my insurance covered my visits just like it would cover any other physical therapy session- with a $30 copay. After an initial exam, my PT prescribed me a series of tailored exercises involving squats, kegels, and leg lifts. Within 2 months, I saw remarkable improvement in my pelvic floor strength. Now, I smile when I jump all around. And more importantly, I am committed to helping other women regain control of their pelvic floor.