This might be slightly awkward, part 1

Can we talk a little bit about things that are maybe a little bit uncomfortable to talk about? Like peeing when you sneeze? Birthing babies and needing stitches from it? And all the little joys that come (or don’t) from such an experience? I bring this up because months ago a friend of mine asked if I knew of anything besides Kegels that might help with the urgent need to find a restroom whenever she ran down a hill. I didn’t. Kegels was the only thing I’d heard of, and I couldn’t find anything else that might help.

But now I have: squats, lunges, and anything else that work your glutes. Glutes are, apparently, the opposing muscle group to the pelvic floor. If the glutes aren’t strong enough, the pelvic floor is too short and thus unable to do its job properly. Read more about it here. I only read about it last week, so I can’t say that I’ve tried it and it works or anything like that, but for those of you who may have thought your days of jumping on a trampoline were over, it is worth a shot. And even if you still find yourself leaking at inconvenient times (like whenever you laugh really hard), at least you’ll have a nice butt, right? Personally, I’m up for it if it means I have a better chance of not tearing the next time I birth a baby.

So . . . just a random thoughts for the day. Take it or leave it. I hope somebody gets something out of it so I didn’t cause all this awkwardness for nothing.

Tune in Wednesday for another installment of “This might be slightly awakward.” I promise, it is really only awkward for me, but there might be something beneficial for some others of you as well. I hope.

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4 Comments

  1. Lizzie-thank you for the post! It’s not awkward at all-I’m a little past the preparation stage as far as working on my glutes at 7 1/2 mo pregnant…but at least it will help me afterwards and in my next pregnancy. Thanks for jumping out on the “awkward limb.”

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    lizzie Reply:

    I bet you are the cutest little 7 1/2 month pregnant girl in the whole world. And I bet practicing some birthing squats could help a bit. Maybe? Can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy . . . by my birthday, I hope. 🙂

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  2. Can hardly wait for Part 2! I was thinking running 8 miles with a slice of your Zucchini Chocolate cake recipe precariously lodged in the bottom of your running stroller might be good fodder for next week!

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    lizzie Reply:

    The box/tupperware combo worked fabulously. It was a clean and easy as could be. And so tasty. Thanks again!

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  3. Ha, ha…this post would have been great a few months ago…would have come in handy the other week. At least it is something to work toward as soon as I get the go-ahead! Thanks! These things need to be brought up 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    Yeah, sorry it was a little too late for you. 🙂 I hope you and the baby are doing well!

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  4. Thanks Lizzie. I am a little concerned about the squats because my hips hurt so bad already…I’m wondering if they would help, or if I would only hurt more at night while sleeping…..you know?

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    lizzie Reply:

    I totally understand . . . best not to make yourself any more uncomfortable than you already are. Good luck with getting some good sleep in the next few months!

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