A MUM, who recently had a baby, has revealed how she embarrassingly lost control of her bladder after getting stuck in traffic.
Mummy blogger Sophie Cachia, 26, took to Facebook to share her ordeal, confessing that she had “p***ed her pants” while out in her car.
Sophie shared her story alongside this cute snap of her with her husband Jaryd and baby daughter Florence[/caption]
Sophie, who blogs under the name of “The Young Mummy”, wrote: “A full bottle of water, a four-month-postpartum pelvic floor, and a freeway standstill with traffic is NEVER a good combo.”
The mum-of-two, from Melbourne, Australia, added that the leakage was by no means a “dribble of pee”, confessing: “It appears when you’re so desperately holding on and you finally crack, the floodgates open and they cannot be shut.”
Sophie, who is mum to Bobby, three and Florence, four months, added: “I truly never thought this would happen to me.
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“But hey, there’s a first time for everything…right?”
Luckily, Sophie’s “devoted husband” Jaryd was on hand when she finally got home and he saved the day by rushing out with towels to help her clean up.
The honest mum’s Facebook post has already been liked more than 8,400 times and other mums have praised her for her candid words.
One wrote: “My pelvic floor has never been the same after three kids, wish someone had warned me!
“You’re a breath of fresh air Sophie…just love your honesty!”
Another added: “Massive shout out to you Sophie for talking about the s*** that happens to all of us, yet no one talks about it.”
HOW CAN YOU EXERCISE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES?
The pelvic floor muscles are located between your legs, and run from the pubic bone at the front to the base of your spine.
They are shaped like a sling and hold all your pelvic organs in place.
In a woman, that includes the womb, vagina, bowel and bladder.
As a result, the muscles play a key role in your need to pee – giving you control over when you urinate.
As a person ages their pelvic floor muscles naturally weaken, and women who have had kids are more likely to have weaker pelvic floors as a result of childbirth.
The weaker your pelvic floor the greater your risk of incontinence and the worse your sex life is likely to be.
To strengthen your pelvic floor, it is important to workout the muscles each day.
You can feel your pelvic floor muscles by trying to stop the flow of urine when you pee.
To strengthen your muscles, experts recommend:
– Sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10 to 15 times in a row
– Do not hold your breath or tighten your stomach, buttock or thigh muscles at the same time
– Once you are used to the exercise, try holding each squeeze for a few seconds
– Each week add more squeezes to your daily routine
– Within a few months you should notice results, enjoying greater sensitivity during sex
Source: NHS Choices
While someone else wrote: “Oh dear! At least you know you’re not alone in this.
“I see ladies all day in a similar position to you.
“I love your honesty and frankness with all your new mum challenges. Much to be admired I think”
The pelvic floor muscles, which support the bowel, bladder, uterus, and vagina, can become stretched and weakened during the process of pregnancy and childbirth.
Once they’ve had their baby, many new mums find that they “leak” when they cough or sneeze – known as stress incontinence.
Pelvic floor muscles won’t become strong again on their own, so mums are encouraged to perform pelvic floor exercises to help strengthen the area.