Breaking down the walls on our dirty little secret. #YMCCommunity

So you’ve had a baby or two…perhaps more.

Have you noticed a change in your lower lady bits? Do you leak when you exercise? Are you having trouble going number two? Maybe intercourse with your partner isn’t as comfortable as it once was, or maybe it’s now become painful? Are you feeling lower back or hip pain?

If you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, then it’s time for you to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist! They will assess the status of your pelvic floor, by using real-time ultrasound as well as an internal examination.

I recently went in for a pelvic floor examination because I was experiencing several of the afore mentioned symptoms and I needed to figure out what was going on. During the ultrasound part of my exam, my pelvic floor physiotherapist showed me that my pelvic floor was not functioning as it should. I had the proper “squeeze”, however the “lift” was practically non-existent. She then performed an internal exam and discovered that I had a lot of scarring due to being pregnant and child birth. She was able to manually separate the adhesions from the walls of my cervix and vagina and I immediately felt a change and better movement when she was finished.

Photo credit: clearpassage.com

Photo credit: clearpassage.com

I am three and a half years post partum…it’s never too late to have a pelvic floor exam! My therapist told me of a client of hers that was in her seventies, went in and after her initial appointment, had immediate results affecting her urinary and digestive functions!

How AMAZING is that?!

I wasn’t aware about pelvic floor wellness until a few years ago. Chances are, you aren’t either.

After having my consultation, I DO NOT understand why all women, post childbirth, are not recommended to have a pelvic floor assessment! You go in for your post partum exam where they check that your bleeding has subsided, your tummy muscles are headed back in the right direction and any cuts and tears are healing properly, so why on Earth would you not be sent in to check on the status of your pelvic floor?

Having a proper functioning pelvic floor will prevent future core dysfunction. Proactive is a better route than reactive.

Were you also aware that you can ensure pelvic floor wellness during pregnancy and childbirth? Another topic that doctors don’t bring up at your regularly scheduled appointments throughout your pregnancy.

Prepare To Push™ written by Kim Vopni (aka The Fitness Doula), is a fantastic read that all pregnant women should get their hands on! This book highlights the need to prepare your body for childbirth and recover with core restoration.

Prepare To Push

Ladies, it’s so important to take care of your bits and pieces! Don’t be afraid to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist if you are experiencing any of the symptoms that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. And if you know someone who is planning on getting or is currently pregnant …pick them up a copy of Prepare To Push™.

Help spread the word about pelvic floor wellness and encourage women to talk openly about their concerns. Let’s change the way we think our bodies are supposed to be after pregnancy and childbirth. We’ve come a long way since our mothers and grandmothers gave birth!

At home hair colour…EPIC FAIL! #YMCCommunity

With Spring arriving and just a few months until Summer, I decided that I wanted to lighten up my locks for a fresh new look.

I have coloured my hair at home for years, so I know it like the back of my hand. I was a blonde for a good portion of my life and I think that I managed to pull it off quite nicely.

At home hair colour

 

Before I got married, I decided to try out a darker shade of me, by going dark brunette and have remained that way for several years now.

A couple kids down and I’m pretty sure the make up of my hair has changed. There is definitely some scientific reasons to why my hair is not as fun to deal with as it used to be. I blame age and hormones.

I picked up a couple boxes of my chosen shade, which really wasn’t THAT far off from my current hair colour, so I figured that I was pretty safe in that nothing too dramatic would occur.

After the kids had been tucked into bed and been asleep for at least half an hour, I threw on my “hair colouring duds” and plopped myself down in front of our full length mirror to modify my mane.

There’s a reason they tell you to do a strand test before you do an all over colour change. Boy did I find out the hard way!

25 minutes later, I hopped into the shower, rinsed out the colour and conditioned with the conditioner provided. I wrapped my hair in a towel and proceed to carry on with the rest of my evening before I hit the hay.

At bedtime, I unwrapped my hair, brushed the tangles out and had a quick glance in the mirror at my new colour.

Too brassy

ERMAGERD! It’s turned from a medium brown to a freakish pinky-orange! Yikes, not what I had intended at all. There was nothing I could do about it now, and thank goodness it was Spring Break, the weather has kept us indoors all week and our swimming lessons weren’t starting for another week.

The next morning, I called the Help Line from the side of the hair colour box and spoke to a very nice lady who was doing a fabulous job reading from the manual that was sitting in front of her. Her questions and responses were very scripted and her monotone was not very reassuring. She suggested an alternative colour for me to try to tone down my spastic hair colour, but I wasn’t feeling very trusting at this point. She even said that they would send me out a voucher to “more than cover” the costs incurred attempting my “fresh, new look”, but I wasn’t planning on waiting out the 2-3 weeks for this voucher to arrive and for me to get back my more appropriate hair colour. I promptly went to Walmart  the “frugalista’s hair salon”, the next morning and picked up a couple boxes of a much darker shade to cover up my poor attempt at a Spring Makeover. It did darken and tone down the disaster, but this is temporary. I will wait for my vouchers, because I’m a cheapskate patient, let my hair rest from the stress and try again at a darker colour.

Lesson learned…when you reach a certain age, your body has gone through childbirth and you’re hormones are changing (I also had my period, so I’m sure that had something to do with the problem, according to the Old Wive’s Tale), it’s probably an awesome idea to go to a salon and have a professional do it. You will spend more money, but you will definitely end up with a better result and have a more relaxing experience while you get in a little pampering.

This is the colour and style I'd like to have :)

This is the colour and style I’d like to have 🙂

Have you have a bad hair experience? What was your result? How did you fix it?