Losing my ability to JUMP

We’ve got a huge trampoline in our backyard and every time Elliott goes on it, he reaches out to me saying ‘Mum, Mum, Mum’ which is his way of telling me that he wants me to jump with him and most of the time I really don’t want to.

It’s not because I don’t like playing with him or that I couldn’t be bothered, it’s because I can’t jump, it’s because everytime I try to jump I feel like I’m going to wet my pants and I blame my dreaded pelvic floor that has been stuffed since giving birth to Elliott.

If you were to ask me for my number one advice to women pregnant for the first time, I would say ‘exercise your pelvic floor muscles regularly, from day one of your pregnancy!’

I knew it was important to do the exercises when I was pregnant but I didn’t really know or understand the extent of what can happen if you neglect them. When I was pregnant with Elliott, I did my exercises whenever I remembered and this was rarely.

After Elliott was born, I remember freaking out because I couldn’t seem to hold things in like I used to. I could feel how weak my pelvic floor was, I couldn’t jump and I couldn’t jog or run, lifting things made it difficult and sneezing was horrid. I went to a Physiotherapist to get some help and she gave me some exercises to work on. As time went on it improved, but it never went back to normal and I still find it hard to run a little more than a jog, I wish I had taken my pelvic floor exercises more seriously.

Now when I see the Poise or Depends ads, I don’t watch them thinking that incontinence is for old people like I did pre-pregnancy, I think to myself ‘oh god, that’s me now’ (although not quite as bad). And while I’m talking about incontinence ads, this incontinence ad is just plain funny.


But back to being serious, in hindsight I really should have focused on these three things:

  1. Setting a reminder for three times a day to do 3 sets of 10 quick squeezing and holding contractions. 
  2. Walking and doing more low impact exercise during the early stages of my pregnancy.
  3. Doing my pelvic floor exercises in secret! I remember my Yoga Instructor saying you can do them anywhere, even in the line at Coles, nobody will know you’re doing it. 
So to those of you pregnant with your first child, take it from me, make this a priority. And for those of you pregnant with your second or third, take this as a friendly reminder!

Were you like me and neglected your pelvic floor? How did you end up?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. June 17, 2014 / 9:28 am

    The dreaded pelvic floors. Netball training after number 2 was born certainly was interesting and jumping was not one of my fav training activities to do. I am too avoid any trampolining unless the bladder is emptied beforehand though I get off that duty at the moment with a 34 week pregnancy in action. Yesssss!!! If I sneeze off guard now, my pelvic floors are telling me I need to work on them. Woopsies….Definetely the best advice to first timers is to SQUUUUUUUUEEEEEEZZZZEEE…..Great post and a friendly reminder to do my own exercises. STAT!!

  2. June 17, 2014 / 10:06 am

    I am furiously doing them as I write this. With 3 kids in 3.5 years, more than is suggested for your body to get back in shape, I’ve suffered badly in this department, I must write sticky notes and get back into it!! Em – also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

  3. June 17, 2014 / 10:49 am

    3 kids under 3 (youngest now 13) here, add to that a Vag hysterectomy and I’ve got no real chance of ever getting back to normal. Possibly why I prefer walking and the exercise bike more than other exercises.

  4. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me
    June 17, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Yep, mine is completely stuffed. I actually made an appointment this week to see a specialist. I have to wait until the end of July though. Can not wait to see her and work out how I can improve things.

  5. June 20, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Sitting here doing mine.. Three pregnancies in three years and I don’t think mine will ever recover 🙁

  6. May 10, 2015 / 12:14 am

    From a long days I am thinking about buying a round trampoline for my home as a way to give my kids some great exercise while they are hanging around the house. But, can you help me which one will be batter for me?

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