Sweat, The Momma Body, Thoughts

The Pee Problem or: I Hate Kegels

If you’ve had a baby or two or three, you know all about the pee problem. It goes something like this: You’re 20 minutes into a real burner of a workout, chugging water like it’s nobody’s business, and you start in on an intense set of plyo jacks and jumping sumo squats. You make a jarring landing and suddenly you’ve peed your lululemons. Not like a puddle on the floor or anything, but enough pee to soak through and make a visible patch. ARGHH!

Most new moms know about some degree of loss of bladder control. After pregnancy, incontinence can be an issue because childbirth weakens the pelvic floor muscles, which can cause an overactive bladder-that feeling that you have to go all the time. Turns out that pregnancy and childbirth also may contribute to bladder control problems if there is damage to the nerves that control the bladder, you have had an episiotomy (if you had one you know what it is), or if the urethra and bladder have moved during pregnancy.

And, as we all know, the answer to all theses problems and more are, da da duh da, KEGELS. If you don’t know what a Kegel exercise is, click here and learn all about it: KEGELS. But, honestly, even though I have heard the benefits a thousand times over, I would rather do mountain climbers all day than one set of Kegels. Chatting with the girls at the gym, it turns out I’m not the only one, either. Why do we hate Kegels? Cruising the internet I came upon phrases like, “fingernails on a chalk board” “so annoying” “boring and irritating” “so uncomfortable” “makes me feel nauseous” “never know if I’m doing them right”. To all these I say, I hear that. I hate them too. It gives me an anxious irked feeling and puts me in a sour mood.

To that end, here are some non-Kegel solutions to the Pee Problem

  • Wear a panty liner
  • Wear black pants
  • Run to the bathroom right before the jumping comes up
  • (what I do) Pretend it’s just a sweaty crotch area and forget about it