Did somebody tell you that peeing your pants while you exercise, sneeze, or run to the toilet is normal after you've had a baby?
If so, I'm here to tell you some good news:
This is NOT normal!
It's super common but not normal and there IS something you can do about it.
When I first met Melissa, she told me that she has two kids and wants to go back to her exercise class but is afraid....
"I pee when I work out and I can't stomach the embarrassment, not to mention I have had allergies this spring and every time I cough or sneeze it is almost impossible to keep my pants dry.”
Melissa is a forty-three-year-old busy mom of two kids (5 and 7). She didn't remember leaking being as pronounced a problem when she first had her kids but when we first met she was leaking all the time and was constantly worried that people would notice the smell. She wore pads and always always always carries extra clothes. The doctor told her after she had kids that the symptoms would go away but her youngest was five and it had only gotten worse. She joked around with her friends, and a few shared that they had the same concerns too. Melissa was afraid that this may just be a normal part of having babies but then it started getting progressively worse and she began to think about what life might look like as she got older...
Could this be happening to you too?
Ordinary incontinence is a loss of urine when you are not intending to go. There are three main types: urge incontinence, stress incontinence, or mixed urinary incontinence.
Urge incontinence is increased frequency... meaning that you go to the bathroom more than 10 times in a 24 hr period. (A normal range of frequency is 6 to 8 times during a 24 hr period). If you have urge incontinence, this also means you could be triggered and feel an urge to go when you hear running water... or even when you put the key in the door when you get home and automatically think you have to go so bad you're afraid you might pee your pants.
Stress incontinence is a loss of urine when sneezing, coughing, jumping, running ,or any kind of increased pressure to the system.
Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of both.
Another important measure of health - in general, when you pee the urine should flow easily without discomfort in a good, steady stream until the bladder is empty. No pushing or straining should be necessary to empty the bladder.
Unfortunately Melissa suffered with this for a long time. She resisted taking medication because she didn't want to deal with the side effects. She went to the chiropractor and her acupuncturist but didn't see any improvement. She did kegels - all the kegels. Her doctor told her she wasn't a candidate for surgery until she was sure she was done having babies. Deep down, even though she knew she was done, she didn't want this one surgery to be the final ticket that secured her fertility future.
After years of disappointment, shame, and constant embarrassment she finally got the help she needed. Melissa gained a new sense of confidence and even new energy - she was finally able to workout (she calls her barre class her therapy) and felt like a whole new person.
Here's what helps Melissa:
By taking a big picture, full body approach to rehabilitation Melissa was finally able to heal and enjoy her busy life of keeping up with the kids. Today she is so much healthier because she is no longer keeping herself out of exercise classes.
If you have been struggling with incontinence for longer than a few weeks and you want to learn more about what the “root cause” could be…
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P.S. If you'd simply like more information, check out our free guide "Top 5 Secrets to End Embarrassing Leaking."
Do you sometimes laugh so hard that you pee just a little?
Are you always wearing a panty liner to workout or play with the kids “just in case”?
Do you feel like it’s getting weak down there as you get older?
Well, ladies... you’re NOT alone.
Many women suffer from what we call stress urinary incontinence which is just a fancy way to say you pee or leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, or exercise.
This is very COMMON among women, especially those that have given birth, but it is NOT NORMAL. I will repeat that... this is NOT NORMAL and we can help.
You don’t have to live the rest of your life worrying about working out in groups. Or laughing too hard with the ladies. Or having to remember if you brought any panty liners with you. And you don’t have to fear the dreaded trampoline with the kids.
Those embarrassing moments CAN end and NEED to end!
You CAN improve this pretty easily, in fact... and I don’t care how old you are!
Why is this happening then??
Stress urinary incontinence happens when there is an excessive amount of stress on the bladder that the pelvic floor can not withstand. And this happens because there is a failure in one or all parts of the “system”, which is the deep core. I talk more about that here.
Please don’t ignore this.
The longer women wait the harder it will be to fix and the more problems it can cause. Most of my clients have put it off for 10, 15, even 20 years. But that’s not really their fault...they didn’t know any better.
They have never been told by any doctors, OBGYNs, or other health care professionals that this is a problem and that there IS help out there for it. Sadly, our society has totally normalized this issue because we are too uncomfortable to talk about and actually address it.
But not to worry! If this sounds like you and you’re thinking you’re doomed, think again. We have helped so many women that have suffered for years.
Take Kristen for example...
She is 43 years old and has three kids - aged 13, 8, and 6. She runs and works out a few days a week but has to wear a pad EVERY time she is active because she will leak right through it.
She was worried it would get so bad that she would be wearing pads all day every day for the rest of her life... and she isn't even that old yet!
When Kristen heard about us from a friend she was so excited that there was help for her...
After only a few sessions she had so much more confidence and LESS leakage! Kristen is no longer worried about the future of relying on pads or anxious about another embarrassing moment.
There is HOPE for you too!
If you’ve been looking for help but didn’t know where to turn OR you didn’t know there WAS help, then this FREE report will help you.
Or if you want to get the help that Kristen got, you can apply for our FREE 30 Minute Discovery Session where we can help you discover what is causing your problem and how you can fix it.
p.s. Difficulty getting a babysitter? Or a bit embarrassed about coming in person the first time? Apply for a VIRTUAL first 30 min discovery visit and start building toward the future now. It's time!
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