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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    Our bubs are very similar in age! How's it all going? And I totally get you on the lack of education about pelvic floor. It makes me cringe when I think about the type of exercise I did after my first baby. I was back at the gym 6 weeks PN and my OB didn't mention anything about PF. It's only been during this pregnancy that I've become a lot more educated, most of it due to the physio pilates classes I've been doing pre and post natal (which I initially deemed as pointless because they weren't the high impact I was used to). The Pilates has given me heaps more body awareness in general, which I reckon will really help when I do get back to running.

    I think a device is helpful for that reason too. I've always been pretty consistent with exercises, but it means I'm more focussed. There's also a book called Hold. It. Sister (I just don't want to come up in Google search!) which is brilliant. There's a chapter on PF and stability exercises which I've been doing, and I'm really seeing where I'm weak.
    All going well thank you. He is my second Bub too and like you I was back at the gym running and lifting weights around 7 weeks last time. No one tells you it's not a good idea! You have your 6 week check and doc is like, yeah go for it!

    Thanks for the tips. The more I read the more I am disgusted that we don't get told this kind of stuff while pregnant. I think the stats are around 50% off women have major pelvic floor issues after child birth, I am stunned. I think in the 'olden' days it was just an accepted consequence of birth?!

    I am just annoyed I joined a gym a couple of months ago not realising I would still be restricted to very basic exercises. I feel like I am wasting my money, I should have joined the pool or just stuck to my walking and Pilates for a while longer. But stuck in a contract now

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    Our bubs are very similar in age! How's it all going? And I totally get you on the lack of education about pelvic floor. It makes me cringe when I think about the type of exercise I did after my first baby. I was back at the gym 6 weeks PN and my OB didn't mention anything about PF. It's only been during this pregnancy that I've become a lot more educated, most of it due to the physio pilates classes I've been doing pre and post natal (which I initially deemed as pointless because they weren't the high impact I was used to). The Pilates has given me heaps more body awareness in general, which I reckon will really help when I do get back to running.

    I think a device is helpful for that reason too. I've always been pretty consistent with exercises, but it means I'm more focussed. There's also a book called Hold. It. Sister (I just don't want to come up in Google search!) which is brilliant. There's a chapter on PF and stability exercises which I've been doing, and I'm really seeing where I'm weak.
    FYI - I bought that book, as well as a 'ball' device after chatting with my Physio. So far book is great, so thanks for recommendation! As for the ball, I am still to scared to try it . I decided to start with the 'ball' given it was only $30, and might be enough for me (rather than a $200 device), given I can actually do the exercises - the ball just helps me to get stronger and gives me some resistance etc. Better to start with that than an expensive device! But yes, working up the courage to try it, lol.

    I have to say I am blown away by the shear range of 'products' out there. Feeling very naive indeed!

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    @Olive Oil yes the french know how to take care of their vaginas

    I've done all my PF reeducation in France. I tried the physio here but I must say that the exercises I did and learned in France were much more efficient.

    A little bit like here you'd be singing the ABC song while they're you'd be writing novels...

    They use a mix of imagery exercises - the brain is so powerful and the PF muscles need to be lightly exercised, it's not all strong contractions - and some scans and screens.

    You have 8 to 10 free sessions and yes all my friends used them.
    Everybody knows that you need to do PF reeducation after a pregnancy. Even after a csec

    Also they advise to start back on moderate impact exercising 3 mths after breastfeeding is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    @Olive Oil yes the french know how to take care of their vaginas

    I've done all my PF reeducation in France. I tried the physio here but I must say that the exercises I did and learned in France were much more efficient.

    A little bit like here you'd be singing the ABC song while they're you'd be writing novels...

    They use a mix of imagery exercises - the brain is so powerful and the PF muscles need to be lightly exercised, it's not all strong contractions - and some scans and screens.

    You have 8 to 10 free sessions and yes all my friends used them.
    Everybody knows that you need to do PF reeducation after a pregnancy. Even after a csec

    Also they advise to start back on moderate impact exercising 3 mths after breastfeeding is over.
    Man, I've only just finished breastfeeding after 6+ years - I'm glad I didn't have to wait all that time before exercising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Man, I've only just finished breastfeeding after 6+ years - I'm glad I didn't have to wait all that time before exercising.
    Of course you can exercise while breastfeeding - my post said moderate impact exercise, not all exercise.

    It's all dependant on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. While you are breastfeeding you are producing an hormone that relaxes all the muscles, PF included, so it's best to stay away from high impact exercises and focus on walking/cycling/swimming etc

    But each to their own, some women chose to run all throughout their pregnancies and think they're fine.

    Personally I'd rather be extra cautious and not have PF issues when I'm older but that's an individual choice and whatever one is comfortable with is what matters.

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    My (specialist women's health) Physio suggests high impact exercise is possible - but not until the PF is strong enough and daily maintenance (above and beyond kegels). Of course extra care is needed whilst still BFing but everyone is different. It's certainly mind boggling the amount of work we 'should' be doing, especially if our goal is to run, lift weights etc.

    Very glad I am getting the info now. If I hadn't the initiative to see a postnatal Physio I would be running 30km+ a week by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Of course you can exercise while breastfeeding - my post said moderate impact exercise, not all exercise.

    It's all dependant on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. While you are breastfeeding you are producing an hormone that relaxes all the muscles, PF included, so it's best to stay away from high impact exercises and focus on walking/cycling/swimming etc

    But each to their own, some women chose to run all throughout their pregnancies and think they're fine.

    Personally I'd rather be extra cautious and not have PF issues when I'm older but that's an individual choice and whatever one is comfortable with is what matters.
    These are examples of moderate impact exercise - I couldn't go 6 years without doing these.

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    I'm with you Amyd. If I couldn't do moderate impact exercise I would have bf for a lot less time. It's been years since I've had a baby, and my pf seems fine (can do star jumps, skip, jump on a trampoline with no dramas etc.) but I do want to see a physio just as part of woman's health check up. This thread is making me want to do that even more!
    I do think that there needs to be more focus on pelvic floor post birth. The hospital I birthed at has a physio come around and talk to every woman, and gives a range of exercises to do in the first 6 weeks. I did them religiously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    These are examples of moderate impact exercise - I couldn't go 6 years without doing these.

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    Most of these would classify as low impact and perfectly pelvic floor friendly at any stage...

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    I was speaking with a midwife at work about this the other day. She recommended in control tens machine from activlife. Unfortunately I can't use it at the moment as its not recommended during pregnancy but will definitely be getting one after this Bub.
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