After the birth of my first kiddo, I had some serious pelvic floor issues.
I wasn’t leaking per se, but I had to rush to the bathroom all. the. time. And for the first year and few months after he was born, sex was painful – like made-me-cry painful. (Dear Mom and Dad, I hope you are not reading this!)
I knew something wasn’t right.
I had been to my OB, a chiropractor, and read up on everything I could about the pelvic floor. And I still continued to have problems.
By the time my kiddo was two years old, I was still having issues. Although sex was no longer painful, I was still running to the bathroom to make it in time.
I thought, “This just can’t be normal!”
And guess what? It isn’t.
I was so happy when I stumbled upon an online program by a physiotherapist in England that was designed to help women heal their pelvic floors. The program, called MuTu, is a 12-week (or more, depending on the ‘state of affairs’ down there) program that combines exercise, diet, and alignment to overcome all kinds of pelvic floor and abdominal issues: diastasis recti, stress incontinence, urgency, painful sex, etc.
I signed up on a whim – mostly because I was really interested, at my wit’s end, and (biggest reason, honestly) they were having a 40% off sale.
Within six weeks of doing MuTu, even though I hadn’t moved past the “Week Three” part of the program, I had noticed significant improvement. I didn’t have to rush to the bathroom anymore. I could feel that my pelvic floor, and my lower back, were much more toned.
Funny enough, I became pregnant shortly after starting MuTu. Many pregnant women report stress incontinence due to the pressure of the baby on the pelvic floor. But I never had that – thankfully.
Now, one week after my little girl was born, my abdomen and pelvis are a little… worn out, you could say.
Hazel was born super-fast, and I had a second-degree tear.
I’m going to start the MuTu program again, and share with you all my progress.
Then, if you’re having issues like I had, you can decide if the program is right for you and proceed to be much happier with your “undercarriage” as the British physiotherapist calls it.
So here’s a little breakdown of my current abdominal/pelvic state:
Abdomen: 4-finger wide diastasis
Pelvis: achy and feels unsupported
Incontinence: twice since baby’s birth
Now granted, it’s only been a week since my baby was born. Some of this is just part of the healing process of postpartum. But some of it can linger far longer than it should. I’ll check in with you next week to let you know what I’ve started with MuTu and how the above three things are progressing.