If you’ve ever been to a church social, college orientation or summer camp you’ve participated in an ice breaker. Pass the orange tucked under your chin, what’s your favorite toothpaste and why, slide the lifesaver between toothpicks held in teeth, if you were a tree, which would you be….? What ice breakers create in social angst, they make up for in causing perfect strangers to share a laugh. A good chuckle is the gateway “drug” to a more meaningful conversation.
Pop culture has broken the ice for us ladies to start talking about the issues that plague moms after babies. Tina Fey on 30 Rock “lizzed” (whizzing while laughing). An SNL commercial promoted “Mom Jeans” with an extra long zipper and pleats. A local clothing store advertised a new line of looser fitting shirts, because “Muffin Tops are for Eating”. One of my son’s cars, from the movie of the same name, is sponsored by Adult Drip Pans, with the tag line “Leak Less”. And then, of course, there is the children’s show Toot and Puddles, I’m just sayin’ is all.
It’s out there ladies-the ice has been broken. Time to take the conversation to the next level.
In the last decade, new research has brought us amazing new understanding of the role of the Core in addressing all the issues moms struggle with-leaky pipes, poochy bellies, and achy bodies. The four muscles of the Core (this includes our leak stopping pelvic floor) can work together to flatten bellies, support spines and reinforce the levees.
Moms it is time to change the conversation. Find your pelvic floor (and the rest of the Core) or a practitioner who knows how to help you find it. Talk to your friends, mothers, cousins, sisters. Start spreading the word that change is afoot. The old adage that this is just the price that you paid for motherhood, no longer applies.
Continue the conversation with a women’s health practitioner in your area. Physiotherapists are uniquely trained to help moms meet the physical challenges of motherhood. AfterBabyBody.com has a great list of Canadian, US and international resources at http://www.afterbabybody.com/Sections/info/info.html .
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