Now that I’ve become a mom, I spend time around other moms. For Carin I’m curious to learn more about pelvic floor health and of those pelvic floors around me. This means that in the coming period I’m going to investigate and explore this topic and share it with you. I hope you follow my research on this!
Last summer when I moved from Hannover to the ‘Farm’, I joined a post-pregnancy course (called Rückbildungskurs in German) at my midwife’s practice. This is reimbursed by the healthcare insurance. Women in 6-8 weeks after delivery do this course to strengthen the core muscles and get healthy again.
Honestly, before I joined this course, I wasn’t aware at all about the importance of pelvic floor exercise after delivering a baby. You can’t escape it, really. At this point I don’t have urine loss myself. Just like many other women of the baby boom generation, I also know that without doing anything in 20-30 years of time I will have to run to the toilet and be too late anyway.
So that’s for now about me. But what about the pelvic floor muscles around me? When kick starting the conversation to my family members it flows easily. They share with me their stories about going for trips with a group of women aged 50 and first they look for is the location of the restroom. Others tell me “Well, if I’m really honest I have urine loss when lifting something heavy or while dancing like a maniac…” Or they recognize it from their mother: “My mom often has to pee so badly and it she is often too late”.
I decided to act on it and invite the other moms from the post pregnancy Ruckbildungskurs class for a ‘tea party with Carin‘. They are all curious about this new special pants that will save their pelvic floor muscles. Still I noticed some discomfort when I ask about their pelvic floor health. Is it okay to talk about it? Urine loss is a taboo, having to admit something lands in the wrong place some time is not easy… Who out of the women around me themselves has urine loss is still unclear to me but research proved that at least 1 in 3 women have urine loss. But at least the conversation has started!
In my next blog post I will write a bit more about my own journey of a changed body after having a baby. I had Julie via a Caesarian. Does this affect my pelvic floor muscles? Soon more!