Postpartum Athlete

KEY tips from the workshop yesterday...

If you missed out on the workshop, don’t worry! I’ve written this in order to give you some of the key tips from what we learned!

I feel like workshops are such a great way to introduce myself and get the information out there that no-one else is talking about. I’m so excited when I get an interactive group that asks questions.
Some of the questions asked:

What is another product to use other than tampons for my menstrual cycle?

We discussed menstrual cups and how to pick the proper size. Be sure you are looking at the labels and you may have to try a few different brands. Sometimes the “smallest size” is still too much. I use the smallest size of the diva cup and it took me a few tries to get it inserted properly!

What can I do to prevent having to pee before a workout, during, and leaking with double unders?

This is typically the most common question I get. How do I stop leaking with double unders? You first have to understand that your pelvic floor muscles can be either too tight or they can be too weak. If they are too tight, then you are resisting the bladder from releasing all of the urine. If they are too tight you have to down train the pelvic floor musculature.

We started by finding our diaphragm and figuring out if we were breathing correctly. To do this, you want to be in sitting or laying down. You will wrap your hands around your lower rib cage. You will take a deep breathe in. You want to feel your breathe in the front of your core (belly), sides, and also your low back. The reason for this is because your diaphragm attaches to all angles and you will want to make sure you are working all angles of it.

Then we laid with our legs up and we used a balloon for resistance. We were breathing in through our nose, feeling relaxation in our pelvic floor, and feeling our entire core breathe and then we breathe out to blow the balloon up. We then breathe in again without sucking air back in! It’s not as easy as it sounds!

Once you are feeling as if you are totally able to relax your pelvic floor muscles, you want to work on coordination and performing kegels with your breathing out. Once you breathe in and relax the pelvic floor, you then breathe out and contract your pelvic floor. This helps to build coordination and get the signaling to and from the bladder and brain back to normal!

We also discussed bladder habits. 1/2 your body weight in ounces of PURE WATER, no hovering or squatting over a toilet, get a squatty potty, and making sure you are relaxing the pelvic floor completely when urinating.

What is diastasis recti? How do I check for it? Is it bad to do kegels with a diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is when your core muscles seperate from midline of your body. This does not only occur with pregnancy. It can happen to men and even women who have not been and are not pregnant.

We learned to assess for diastasis by laying on our back with our knees bent, having our fingers follow the midline of the core, and have the person lift her head. You can perform this yourself, totally doable! You are looking for if you have doming or protrusion of things coming up from midline, you are looking for sinking into the belly further, or you are looking for the muscles on the sides to contract and squeeze your fingers as well as feeling for tissue to push you up gently.

What amazing questions! It was so valuable to hear from my audience with the things that THEY want to hear and now I want to hear from you!

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Don't Miss Out!

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I’d love to see you at my next workshop!

I LOVE doing workshops because it gives you the opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions, and get really comfortable with talking about the things not being talked about.

I’d love for you to sign up HERE!

I will be recording and there will be availability for those of you all over the world to catch the workshop too!!


You Do Not Have to Pee Yourself

You’ve seen it. You’ve heard about it. From CrossFit athletes to Tennis players to ballet dancers….leaking during activity is something I think we can all agree upon as being very common. I think it is unfortunately something we often find slipping into our mind as possibly being a “normal” thing.

If you go into a gym or to an exercise class, you are likely to hear of someone near you or around you that says they are leaking during a particular exercise. These exercises can include (but are not limited to):

  • Jumping rope (especially double unders)

    • There is an astounding percentage of women who leak with double unders…..over 70%!!!!!!!!!! That’s CRAZY!!!!

  • Box jumps

  • Deadlifts

  • Deep Squats

  • Running

And so many more. There are so many exercises that can potentially cause the leakage of urine. But I do want to say this:


Never normal during exercise or not during exercise. Leaking urine is a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. It can be caused by many things, one of which being impaired behavioral modifications.

Behavioral modifications are the things you do everyday that can improve or limit your bladder from functioning properly. Some things to consider:

  • Water intake.

    • You need to be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces every day!

  • Triggers.

    • Are you doing “just in case” pees. Are you going to the bathroom right before leaving the house? Are you noticing you have just in case pees when you get up to nurse your baby?

  • Irritants.

    • Are you filling your bladder with things that actually irritate the bladder and not things the bladder need?

There are many behavioral modifications that I have not listed here. But, I want you to consider what you drink, eat, and do to your bladder everyday. I want you to pay attention to what you could be doing potentially to your bladder…. leakage is no fun so do not let it continue. I’m telling you there are things you can start to do right now that can help you.

The next few things to consider are if you have increased tension in your pelvic or if you have a weak pelvic floor. You need to see a pelvic floor physical therapist in order to determine whether you have increased tension or not. This can cause your brain to get the wrong signaling and make it leak prematurely.

Bladder leakage is annoying and not worth the pain. I promise there is help. Take the few tips I’ve given you above and stick to it. You are worth it. You deserve not to pee yourself.