Every now and then we all engage in a random act of kindness. Whether it’s helping a friend or a stranger, kindness is becoming the norm. However, one thing that we must remember to be kind to is our pelvic floor.
Often overlooked until there is a problem, your pelvic floor is responsible for day-to-day functions. Your pelvic floor muscles form a hammock from your pubic bone to your coccyx, supporting your bladder, bowel, and uterus. These muscles naturally weaken overtime, so it is vital that we are kind to them and give them a helping hand when they need it.
Today, Kegel8 are celebrating Kindness Day (13th November) and are encouraging you to be kind to your pelvic floor too. To give you a bit of help along the way, Kegel8 have compiled a list of top tips for being kind to your pelvic floor this Kindness Day.
How To Be Kind To Your Pelvic Floor:
- Prepare yourself – Whether you’re about to tackle pregnancy or the menopause, it’s important that your pelvic floor is well prepared for what’s to come. Begin your Kegel exercises as soon as possible to strengthen and maintain your pelvic floor. Alternatively, use an electronic pelvic toner to effectively target and tone your pelvic floor muscles for you within a few minutes!
- Learn to lift – It’s pretty unrealistic to tell readers to avoid lifting heavy objects to prevent pelvic floor damage because sometimes it’s just part of daily life. Therefore, you should learn how to lift correctly to help minimise damage. Learn more about lifting correctly here.
- Perfect your posture – When sitting on the toilet, the optimum position for reduced strain is so sit with your knees higher than your hips. To help with this, try using a toilet stool to help you go better.
- Embrace your inner animal – Making a ‘moo’ sound whilst on the toilet sounds like a crazy thing to suggest, but it can help relax your pelvic floor muscles and help you to pass bowel movements more effectively. Try it next time you go, but maybe skip this in public bathrooms though…
- Try technology – If you struggle to remind yourself to do your pelvic floor exercises, try using the NHS Squeezy app to give you helpful little reminders.
- Educate others – There are still a lot of people who are uneducated about the pelvic floor because of the taboo that surrounds it. So, as well as yourself, educate others on how to be kind to your pelvic floor.