Last week one of my clients sent me a post where a woman was literally celebrating and making fun of herself for peeing during a heavy back squat, and she even posted the video of it happening.
There has been a lot of this stuff going around social media, and I’m not speaking out against any brand or platform specifically.
What I AM saying is that accidentally peeing during exercise is not something that women should continue to work through or celebrate.
If you injured a hamstring, would you continue to deadlift? If you hurt your shoulder, would you keep doing overhead or bench presses or push ups? If you effed up your knee, would you continue to run??
Pelvic floor dysfunction is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, and I’m not saying that any person should feel shame for experiencing incontinence during exercise. That being said, there are adjustments to make and things to do that could prevent leaking. By seeking out some support via a pelvic floor physical therapist or even postnatal certified personal trainer you may be able to find a solution.
If we have diastasis we are told not to do crunches. If we have prolapse we need to modify certain exercises. So then if we have incontinence we should be instructed not to lift weight so heavy that we lose control of the bladder.
Change your technique, pay attention to alignment, focus on the inhale and exhale breath through the movement. There are LOTS of things you can do without even having to go see a PFPT. Whatever you do, I think it’s important to realize that the pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscle or part of the body. If it’s not functioning properly we need to give it more love and attention, not ignore it and push through.