A weak pelvic floor is something nobody wants, let's face it, but I was so naive after having Noah and never really suffered with any incontinence, so I didn't exercise it. I guess it's an out of sight,  out of mind kind of mantra with me. Common sense tells you that after pushing a 10lb baby out, things probably aren't going to be in as good of a condition as they were before, but ignorance was bliss and I just carried on as normal. Queue baby number two, pushed out, and now I seem to have the bladder control of a potty training toddler - I massively regret my ignorance and wish I'd done something after Noah.

It's safe to say my pelvic floor would have been damaged after my first son, but because I didn't feel the negative side of that at the time, I just pushed on, wondering what all the fuss about pelvic floor was about. If I'm honest I had not even the first clue how to 'exercise' it, what that felt like, or if I would be doing it right. Obviously then after having Patrick, my pelvic floor was pretty much no more and I really felt the effects of doing nothing first time around. I remember having Patrick and a few days later I sneezed knowing instantly I had leaked, I was mortified. At 24 this isn't something you envision to be a problem, any form of incontinence products are always aimed at ladies of a certain age and being so young I definitely didn't feel in their market. Since shortly after Patricks birth I have made a conscious effort to repair some of the problems, I've tried my best to follow as many of the do's and dont's in the infographic below. So what would I recommend to try? If you're suffering with a weak pelvic floor, follow my tips and hopefully they can help you as much as they have me.

  • Start as soon as possible exercising it. The longer you leave it the harder it will be.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge.
  • Eat as much wholegrain as you can, porridge, rice, lentils etc.
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Exercise your pelvic floor daily, even if for just two minutes, do it.

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  1. Thanks for the info! I've been quite bad for forgetting pelvic floor exercises and not eating enough fibre... I keep telling myself it's OK because Lucas was small but I'm just kidding myself!

  2. Good advice. This is a problem that affects many women, especially post-childbirth and it's good to bring it out in the open.

  3. I found pilates really helps, I did it all the way through pregnancy. Wasn't aware of the foods helping though.

  4. This reminds me... *wonders off to do some!!!*

  5. So glad people are talking about this! Having 2 kids has wrecked my bladder! Thank you for the tips!

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