October 2, 2023
If you’ve ever been told, “You’re a mom, what do you expect,” when discussing bladder leaks or other pelvic floor symptoms, this article is for you. I want to debunk the belief that these issues are an inevitable consequence of motherhood. Let’s challenge the notion that being a mom means accepting bladder leaks and explore strategies to address pelvic floor symptoms effectively.
As a practitioner, I have been deeply frustrated when women are told that experiencing bladder leaks or other pelvic floor symptoms is simply part of being a mom. Whether this belief comes from medical professionals, friends, or family members, it can lead women to accept these issues as their new normal, limiting their quality of life and preventing them from seeking appropriate treatment.
It’s essential to understand that being a mom should not equate to living with bladder leaks, incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, or any other pelvic floor symptoms. While the stress and physical changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth can contribute to these issues, they should not be considered an inevitable consequence of motherhood.
Various factors can contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction, including the stress of pregnancy, the trauma of labor and delivery (vaginal or C-section), hormonal changes, menopause, and lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep, poor diet, and limited exercise. However, these factors should not be used as excuses to accept and tolerate pelvic floor symptoms.
It’s crucial for moms to know that effective strategies and treatments are available to address pelvic floor dysfunction. Seeking help from a qualified pelvic floor physical therapist or healthcare professional can provide guidance on exercises, lifestyle modifications, and therapies to strengthen the pelvic floor, improve bladder control, and alleviate symptoms.
As a mom, it’s important to prioritize your health and well-being. Taking care of yourself not only benefits you but also enables you to be the best version of yourself for your family. Incorporating self-care practices, including regular exercise, proper nutrition, stress management, and seeking support from loved ones, can contribute to your overall pelvic floor health.
The belief that experiencing bladder leaks or other pelvic floor symptoms is an unavoidable consequence of motherhood is a misconception that can negatively impact women’s lives. As a mom, you deserve to live your life without the limitations of pelvic floor dysfunction. By challenging this myth and seeking appropriate help, you can regain control over your pelvic floor health and enjoy an active, confident lifestyle. Remember, being a mom does not mean accepting and living with these symptoms. Embrace the possibilities of treatment, support, and a life free from the constraints of pelvic floor dysfunction.