This is one of those posts that Mums everywhere will be able to relate to, and will (hopefully) find amusing. It’s also something that is embarrassing and a little awkward. So I apologise in advance if you are a. not a Mum, b. have not gone through this (lucky you) and c. just generally feel squeamish after reading it.
You see, there are many things that people tell you, or rather warn you, about post pregnancy. The time it takes to get back to your pre-baby weight (if that every happens), the dramatic change in breast size, the healing, the hair falling out…the list goes on. Whilst you are in hospital, and also throughout your pregnancy, you are also encouraged to perform what are called ‘kegal’ exercises, to ‘keep things tight’ down there. These so called exercises are easy to do, and should be done each day to strengthen your uterine muscles, and help your body get back to it’s natural state. Natural is not really the right word, but it seems nice when you hear it before you have your baby.
I’d like to say that I was good at kegal exercises, but I have to admit that I didn’t keep up with the workout. For various reasons, and plain old forgetting, I guess you could say that I wasted my gym membership. It hasn’t really been until 25 weeks into my second pregnancy that I have felt the consequences of this, and now I’m just plain old annoyed with myself, and wish I could go back and warn myself of what was to come….
Now this is not a sponsored post. I’m not advertising anything, or reviewing anything. However, in the past week I’ve had the experience of needing to browse the ‘womens” aisle in the supermarket, and purchase some products that I haven’t used since Ella was born. Pads. Because you see, I currently find myself in the situation where I cannot cough or sneeze without…hmm…let’s just say…leaking. Oh I’ll come right out and say it. I keep wetting my pants. It’s so frustrating and annoying. I’m sure it’s quite amusing for people who see me sneeze in public. I have to stop myself, cross my legs and pray to dear God that nothing comes out. I’ve even found myself holding onto my husband’s arm for extra support to try to squeeze all of my muscles together.
You see no one really tells you that you are at risk of reverting back to your 3 year old self and wetting your pants in public. No one wants to see that, and I’m sure that no woman would want that either. I’m sure I’m not alone. There are adds on TV and Mums everywhere who experience this problem right? Right? And it gets better after you have your second baby? right?
Well in the mean time, I’ll do my best to keep it in and practice my ‘kegals’. Hopefully it’s not too late to tone up….or else there might be some more toilet training happening in our house.
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