Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWelcome to week two of our course on women's health after motherhood. Our key message, the key message that we want to share with you, is that many postnatal postpartum health problems are common. But they are not normal, and they can be treated. Last week, we looked at physical health after motherhood. Now, we're going to go deeper, and look at intimate physical health issues. Leaking urine in particular, something professionals call urinary incontinence. We're also going to touch on and provide helpful resources on faecal incontinence. That means leaking stools, or passing wind when you don't meant to. As before, the first question we have for you is, how are you? How are you feeling?

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsCan you stop yourself passing urine when you want to? Can you control it? If you can't control it, can you learn to control it? The great news, and the short answer is yes, for most women. This week you'll learn everything you need to know on how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises, known as PFMEs, or Kegel exercises. We give you great tips on how to exercise correctly, and explain when and how often to do the exercises. Women from a study we did alongside The MAMMI Study told us that the challenge with PFMEs, pelvic floor exercises, isn't actually doing them, it's remembering to do them.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsMany women are so busy with motherhood, family, life, work, that it can be hard to find a little time for yourself. Plus, pelvic floor exercises can be viewed as boring. So how can you stay motivated to do them as often as is needed? That's exactly what women's health physiotherapists will be helping you with today. Just before we start think about what stories you've heard from mothers about incontinence, leaking urine when you don't mean to. And importantly, how do you know what is and isn't based on research or evidence?

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsOver the next hour, you'll discover some great videos, read interesting short articles, download an infographic that you'll be able to use to remind yourself to do the exercise, review what motivates you, and track your progress towards your goals. We hope you enjoy this week. We've really enjoyed designing it with the women. And we really hope you benefit personally from taking part.

Welcome to week 2

Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed the first week of the course and learned something new. This week we are focusing on urinary incontinence, which means leaking any amount of urine when you don’t mean to.

It is one of the most common health problems that can affect women, even before their first pregnancy. You may have personally experienced incontinence at some stage of your life, or it may be an issue that your friends or family members have faced.

Even if you haven’t experienced incontinence yourself, this week gives you the tools to be able to support other mothers, and shows you how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME), a healthy habit for all women.

  • We will coach you through PFME with a guided animation, and share a downloadable tracker for your PFME activity.

  • We will share an infographic to help you build healthy habits, such as doing pelvic floor muscle exercises. It can be used for any habit you are looking to build, such as doing more exercise, eating healthily, or keeping socially active.

In the next step, we are going to share perceptions of incontinence from postpartum women to get you thinking about this issue.

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Women’s Health After Motherhood

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