Time to squeeze, so you can sneeze

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Pelvic floor exercises are great, aren’t they?

That is, if you can remember to do them, and you actually know how to do them correctly.

I started doing pelvic floor exercises as soon as I found out I was pregnant more than five years ago.

‘Do them while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil,’ I was told.

‘Do them while you’re waiting for the bus,’ they said.

So I did. I was religious with my pelvic floor exercises, and you know what? A fat lot of good they did me.

Days after giving birth the first time around, I had a rather odd and unsettling feeling in my nether regions. I can only describe the feeling as a tampon falling out. I attempted to ignore it, but there came a time when I couldn’t ignore it any longer.

I saw my obstetrician, who told me things looked a bit of a mess down there – awesome – but once I stopped breastfeeding and continued with my pelvic floor exercises, things would be AOK.

That would all be well and good, my friends. If only I could feel my pelvic floor. I could feel nothing, nada, zilch.

It became normal for me to trickle out some pee when I coughed, sneezed, ran and jumped. I didn’t like it, but I put it down to one of those things that women have to put up with after child birth.

Almost a year ago to the day, when I wet my pants while walking to work, I decided that this was not normal and I shouldn’t have to put up with this.

At the time of the pants wetting incident, I didn’t need to go to the toilet and I had no sense of urgency. It came completely out of the blue. I was unprepared and embarrassed to have to buy a new pair of knickers before work and wonder if I stank of pee all day.

I saw a specialist, who was fantastic. With one look she told me I had prolapse and that my pelvic floor issues were serious. While they couldn’t be fixed without surgery, something she didn’t recommend, she said I could improve my pelvic floor with exercises.

She taught me how to exercise my pelvic floor and I was going great guns until life got in the way. I was busy and quite frankly sick of squeezing whenever I could remember.

I was naughty and stopped doing my pelvic floor exercises altogether. Of course my pelvic floor became worse again to the point of me having to wear a pad every day.

I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that wearing a pad every day, akin to an adult nappy, is pretty depressing – especially when you’re in your thirties. I felt really low about my body, but didn’t know what to do.

Earlier this year, I heard about the PeriCoach System through Styling You’s blog.

I instantly thought – I. Want. That!

And as luck would have it, the wonderful people at PeriCoach gave me one to trial.

I like to call this amazing invention a fit bit for my lady bit. Yep, the PeriCoach is a medical device which you insert to assist you with and train you how to do your pelvic floor exercises. Quite simply – it’s a personal trainer for your pelvic floor.

It’s a sensor device that detects pelvic floor muscle activity and measures the strength of each muscle contraction. The device is linked to an app on your smartphone via a wireless Bluetooth connection allowing you to see via a graph exactly how you are performing.

The app guides you through each exercise telling you when to contract and when to relax. At the end of each session, you can view your results and see your improvement.

Peri Coach

I have been using PeriCoach for the past few weeks and it has been life changing. Let me tell you why.

Through using PeriCoach, I discovered I wasn’t doing my pelvic floor exercises correctly.

Once you insert PeriCoach you are guided through a series of exercises – squeeze and relax. Squeeze and relax.

The first few times I used PeriCoach, I received warning messages. After squeezing, I could not get my dang pelvic floor muscles to relax. I could turn the muscles on, but not turn them off.

I was pretty shocked to learn that all of this time, I hadn’t been doing my exercises correctly. I had such little control over my pelvic floor that I wasn’t activating my muscles properly.

Once PeriCoach trained me to relax – after lots of practice – I am now a gun at the exercises.

It’s recommended that you do them three times a day giving you the option of doing them lying down or standing up.

One of the things I love about PeriCoach is the daily reminders.

I smile every time I’m reminded – ‘Time to squeeze, so you can sneeze with ease’ or ‘Just a few times a week to prevent the leak’.

The reminders are funny and witty and really do encourage me to take the time to work on my pelvic floor.

If you’re reading this and nodding your head, I want you to know that it is not normal to wet your pants and you shouldn’t have to put up with it. There is a way you can get your confidence back and I tell you what, it’s pretty empowering.

Peri Coach

PeriCoach is designed by leading pelvic floor specialists and is available online. Once you purchase the device, you can download the smartphone app for free and set up your device. Visit the PeriCoach Facebook page for more information.

Have you battled with pelvic floor issues? Have you sought professional help?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

*Mummy, Wife, Me received a PeriCoach to trial for this review and financial compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

52 comments on Time to squeeze, so you can sneeze

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    October 27, 2015 at 5:49 am (2 years ago)

    Every one who reads this will start madly doing kegals….

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  2. Josefa @always Josefa
    October 27, 2015 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

    How awesome is this device – I have no doubt many women are in the dark when it comes to options about their health and their pelvic floor. And yes I agree with Lydia – every woman reading this is madly squeezing through their pelvic floor exercises 😀

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, it’s time we started to raise awareness 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    October 27, 2015 at 6:32 am (2 years ago)

    Sounds fabulous! I had extensive physio in this region following the horror birth of my first (a full 14 months worth!). I could certainly do with some more exercise now after 6 babies! Great review!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, it’s important to keep the exercises up, Jody 🙂

      Reply
  4. Bec Senyard
    October 27, 2015 at 6:37 am (2 years ago)

    I was smiling all through this post. ‘The fit bit for your lady bit’. You are hilarious, but the post is so heartfelt too. So many women suffer in silence and I’ve only heard good things about the peri coach. It sounds like a must have for all women. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m really impressed with it, Bec. I hope other women will be too x

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  5. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    October 27, 2015 at 6:43 am (2 years ago)

    Wow what an incredible little machine!!! I’m so bad at doing my pelvic floor exercises – I know I should, but I just don’t. You’re so right though – a few times here and there would make such a difference!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, it does. Even before having kids mines wasn’t crash hot. It’s important to keep those exercises up.

      Reply
  6. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    October 27, 2015 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

    I have a friend that will benefit from reading this. Great, honest post Renee! Glad it’s helping you 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amy. Feel free to tell your friend to email me direct if she has any questions.

      Reply
  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 27, 2015 at 6:57 am (2 years ago)

    What a great little invention – I think that could be a new product jingle “the fit bit for your lady bit” – and even greater that it’s working for you. You’ve inspired me to do some exercise of the pelvic floor variety!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol. Yes, the tagline is from them. They definitely should make a jingle 🙂

      Reply
  8. Teash
    October 27, 2015 at 7:21 am (2 years ago)

    I’m now sitting on train exercising my pelvic floor.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Good on you, Teash. Keep it up 🙂

      Reply
  9. Mumma McD
    October 27, 2015 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    This is brilliant. I always wonder if I’m doing the exercises correctly. Great review!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Well, yeah, it’s so hard to tell!!

      Reply
  10. Vanessa
    October 27, 2015 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

    I wouldn’t even know what a pelvic floor exercise is supposed to be!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Google it, Vanessa 🙂 You need to know regardless of having kids or not 🙂

      Reply
  11. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    October 27, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    Had to laugh at Sammie’s jingle – what a great idea!
    Having not had children, I am not even aware that this is what can happen. I am off to research pelvic floor and educate myself on these most important lady bits. thanks for the honesty! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome. It’s important for all women to do these exercises, Ashlea – even if you haven’t had kids.

      Reply
  12. Me
    October 27, 2015 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    Glad you found something that works for you. For years I did my squeezes religiously. Then I got pneumonia a few months ago. Needless to say – all those years of squeezing counted for absolutely NOTHING !!!!! I was leaking all over the place. Maybe I too was doing them wrong !!!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh I hear you! It’s so easy to backtrack and all it takes is a chest infection or a vomiting bug 🙁

      Reply
  13. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    October 27, 2015 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    Wow there really is an app for everything! I’ve been very very lucky with my pelvic floor after having three kids. While I’ve done some pelvic floor exercises (especially while reading your post haha) somehow it has just all gone back to ‘normal’, well somewhat anyway!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s excellent, Erika. I’m very jealous 🙂

      Reply
  14. Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers
    October 27, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    I was so naughty! I never did pelvic floor exercises except maybe that one time at antenatal classes! Luckily I ended up having two c-sections and don’t seen to have any issues!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s so lucky, Haidee. It’s important to know that pelvic floor exercises are good to do regardless of whether you had a natural birth or not and even whether you had kids or not 🙂

      Reply
  15. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    October 27, 2015 at 10:33 am (2 years ago)

    I do clinical pilates which is sensational for the pelvic floor – providing you do them correctly of course.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

      I need to get onto that, Jodi.

      Reply
  16. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    October 27, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    A fit bit for my lady bit lmao Renee I’m cracking up. I totally did pelvic floor exercises while reading this. I have no idea if I do them right though, it’d be interesting to use the Peri Coach to see if what I do is actually making any type of difference. I don’t have any issues with bladder leakage but my tummy muscles separated A LOT with bub so I’ve been told the only real way to get them back to normal is to do pelvic floor exercises because it tightens the right muscles {and must suck it all back into the right spot – hasn’t worked yet though}.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

      The tummy separation is a real pain too. I’m sure it will come back together in time, mine did. Keep at it 🙂

      Reply
  17. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
    October 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m going to look into this. I actually had to have an operation on my lady bits even though my babies were tiny they still left coughing & laughing a challenging experience! All fixed now thank goodness but I’m really bad at remembering to do the exercises great prompt to do something about it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s interesting to know, Vicki. Have you had any problems since?

      Reply
  18. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Gosh I have my fitbit set to remind me throughout the day and I usually just press the ignore button and don’t do them – thanks for the reminder, good score and stoked for you Ren… 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:01 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. I’m a nerd and do what I’m told 🙂

      Reply
  19. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    October 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Renee, I have read all kinds of bits and pieces on this issue and I never read anything as honest and as exciting as I have just read. To know there is hope is exciting. Thankyou 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Nicole. That’s really nice of you to say.

      Reply
  20. KezUnprepared
    October 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Good for you, being so open about it! I bet there are women everywhere who feel less alone now. Something that surprised me was that even if you have a C-section you can still have problems afterwards. I am so grateful my lady bits lucked out because I was not at all doing well with the kegels. I don’t think I’d want to risk it the next time. What a great product!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:03 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, that’s exactly right, Kez. Any woman can be affected.

      Reply
  21. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    October 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes, I was doing my kegels while reading this. I don’t do them anywhere near as much as I should and now I’m wondering if I am even doing them right … :/

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:04 am (2 years ago)

      Well they say to insert your fingers to test if you’re doing it properly, but because I had such little feeling I found even that difficult. This device is quite sensitive and picks up what we don’t. If that makes sense.

      Reply
  22. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    October 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I really need one of these. Bladder the size of a pinky toe and slow leakage. I think it’s time. Doc wants me to go to the fanny physio… But I just can’t bring myself to go.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:04 am (2 years ago)

      Ahh Leanne. You make me laugh. Off to the fanny physio straight away for you, Miss!

      Reply
  23. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    October 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great post Renee, you’ve handled a sensitive matter well. I was offered this opportunity also and was thinking about doing it, but was nervous about how to write about it – and when the hubster heard, he was horrified, so I ended up turning it down. So I’m extra thankful for folk like you that are brave enough to take on the tough assignments like this one! x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Janet. I think when it comes down to it, I wanted to help other women who are too afraid to talk about their problems. It is embarrassing to talk about it and I did turn 50 shades of red when the women at work talked about my post at work yesterday. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about though. They all loved the post and it’s great it got people talking x

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  24. Druime@SnippetsandSpirits
    October 27, 2015 at 11:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for your honesty with this one Renee. Brave ! . I hate doing my pelvic exercises so this little machine would be great. Just one query. If its connecting to your Bluetooth. Do we need to worry about radiation etc do you think ??

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      October 28, 2015 at 6:07 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Druime. That’s a good question and one I didn’t think about at all!! I can ask the experts and find out x

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  25. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    November 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! I too have experienced those issues after drama-filled first birth, 10lb3 second birth, and then twins (second one breech) :-O
    I was told I didn’t have a prolapse but I’m now booked in to see a specialist for an update.
    Good on you for being so honest about such a common issue.

    Reply

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