I smile at the other parents hot-footing it out of the school playground, including the dad of Prima’s good friend Future Actor, who approaches the gateway. “Hi” I say, sniffily, but brightly, so he doesn’t think I am hungover. To prove that I have hayfever I wipe my nose delicately on my handkerchief.
Not my handkerchief.
A pair of pants.
American readers please note, I am not talking trousers here.
So that’s a good start to the day.
You may be wondering what I am doing at the school gates with a pair of pants in one coat pocket and a handkerchief in the other. No, I am not a member of some exclusive swinging club. Far from it. Like millions of women around the world, I have a weak pelvic floor and “be prepared” is my motto.
My pelvic floor and I have been referred to an NHS physiotherapist three times since the birth of Prima over seven years ago. Although each time my pelvic floor muscles did improve somewhat, I still experience some stress incontinence when running, sneezing, trampolining etc. Star jumps are out of the question. Hayfever, coughs and colds can be a real problem.
One of the big barriers to achieving better pelvic muscle tone for me is those flipping Kegel exercises. “Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles while you’re cleaning your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil,” the advice goes. Little do they know that those moments in the day are “me-time” for most busy mums. Even under the care of a physio I didn’t do them as religiously as I should. And after the birth of Secundus, Kegel exercises just seemed like another unachievable thing on my daily to-do list, right up there with challenges like Actually Washing My Hair and Actually Leaving the House.
What I like about my latest discovery, IncoStress, is that although it is a medical device for stress urine incontinence, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do Kegels, although these are recommended once you have gained some muscle strength. This is brilliant for lazy / “head-in-the-sand” people like me. IncoStress can be used during sleeping hours as your pelvic muscles can work whilst asleep, helping them regain strength naturally over time. Designed by women for women and invented in
it’s a brand new clinically-approved device and manufactured in the UK. To find out
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