After I had given birth to Lauren my health visitor and mum stressed how important, it was for me to do my pelvic floor exercises. As a new mum I ignored the advice and was so focused on enjoying motherhood that I forgot to do those crucial exercises. Two years into motherhood and when I laugh or sometimes sneeze I feel a little drip. There’s this stigma around our intimate areas and some things us women face in general which should really stop.
I was so delighted to get an invite to a Lights by Tena event in partnership with Boogie Bounce in London, Haymarket Hotel. We were welcomed by the lovely Myriad PR team, some mini trampolines which the Boogie Bounce team organised, introduced to fellow bloggers and had some refreshments. The hotel was beautiful. From the plush décor, great art and fantastic table settings I was in awe of the room we had.
After a brief meeting we were given a chat about the Tena brand and I learnt some valid information about doing my pelvic floor exercises. We were shown the product and had the chance of testing them. I tested a pad with water, and it completely soaked up the water. This was a clear indicator that Tena works! It absorbs water quickly with no leaks or stains. I trialled these out a few times when doing exercise and they were a great hit!!
The lovely team introduced us to the myPFF app which is the handiest thing ever! It has tutorials on doing your pelvic floor exercises and encourages, you to do them daily with alerts and reminders. I love this app as I forget how important it is to do my pelvic floor exercises, this amazing event highlighted how important it is for all women to do. They have a variety of levels and videos to help support you, as you do your pelvic floor exercises. From beginners to advanced level this app caters to all.
I found out some interesting information about doing my pelvic floor exercises, here are a few key facts. **
- 9 million people in the UK experience bladder weakness.
- 62% of women living in the UK experience bladder weakness.
- Light bladder weakness is more common than Hay fever!! (This shocked me)
- 69% of new mums experience light bladder weakness.
- 35% of women still see light bladder weakness as a taboo.
After we had the chance of learning about doing our pelvic floor exercises, we were introduced to the Boogie Bounce team for an intense mini workout. Who knew that the mini trampolines could cause all to sweat like, we’d run a marathon. It was great. Challenging at first to jump up and down, dance to the music and do some squats but it was great! I loved the fact that the instructor was always reassuring us and her assistant, was on hand with the entertainment. I started the work out kitted out in a hoodie not expecting to finish sweating like a pig. The workout was short but packed with different moves to get us into shape. We also stretched out after our mini workouts to prevent any injuries. I had a really great time during the workout, I pushed myself to the limit whilst wearing my Lights by Tena pad just in case of any oops moments. The pad was comfortable, stayed in place and help me felt great whilst working out.
After our sweaty Boogie Bounce workout, we were given a great lunch, it seemed like a reward for all the sweating and breathless moments earlier. Over lunch we all discussed how well the day had gone, and how little we knew about the importance of doing our Pelvic floor exercises. As women we collectively discussed moments, that we initially felt apprehensive sharing but once we had done the exercises and educated ourselves a bit more, we were open to sharing our experiences.
Since attending such an amazing event, I have realised that some advice is good advice; especially when it concerns our intimate areas. I had always put off doing my pelvic floor exercises due to laziness, and generally not knowing how important and easy they are.
Thank you to Myriad PR and the Boogie Bounce ladies for showing us women how important maintaining our pelvic floors are, and abolishing ideas that incontinence can only affect older women.
You can download the app ‘myPFF’ for free on the App store and join me in getting my pelvic floor exercises in!
** These facts and figures were taken from The Lights by Tena presentation. **