Start a pelvic floor muscle exercise program right now!
Imagine that you are in the movies and you need to stop yourself from passing wind. The muscles that you use to do this are your pelvic floor muscles. Don’t hold your breath, squeeze your legs together or clench your bottom.
A pelvic floor squeeze /lift should squeeze up hard and fast and each squeeze should be held hold as long as you can up to the count of six. These squeeze/lifts should be done without a rest time between. There should be NO downward movement felt between your legs
To make sure that your pelvic floor muscles work just as they should, it is important to exercise them just the way they are to be used. The hardest work for these muscles is to hold against the pressure of a strong hard cough. Learn to use “the knack” – squeeze up your pelvic floor and brace it tight before each cough or sneeze. Crossing your legs when you sneeze might help to keep you dry, but you still need to use a strong pelvic floor muscle squeeze at the same time.
It is a good idea to do this exercise in the shower. That way, if there is any leaking it should be less of a bother for you.
Try to exercise at least three times each day
Find the times that will be easiest for you to remember
Women often find that they forget to do their exercises. This is understandable – we all live such busy hectic lives. Forgetting to do your exercise only becomes a problem when you give up completely. When you DO remember to do your exercises, give yourself a pat yourself on the back- concentrate on the positive, not the negative and keep going from there.
Whilst you are training your pelvic floor use POISE