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Why does it matter?
1. Pee: leaking urine during exercise may be a sign that your pelvic floor muscles lack the strength, support, or coordination to close off the urine exit canal (visualize a water balloon- same concept). This is called Stress Urinary Incontinence.
2. Poop: leaking poop during exercise may be a sign that your pelvic floor muscles lack the strength, support, or coordination to close off the solid waste exit canal. This is called Fecal Incontinence.
3. Pressure: pressure in your belly, low back, pelvis, and perineum (the space between your tailbone and your pubic bone) during exercise may be a sign that your pelvic organs don’t have the support and pelvic floor muscle strength they need for that activity. This may be called Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
4. Poor posture: poor posture may be due to many factors including exercises that are too difficult, weakness, or a lack of postural awareness. Arching of the back, doming of the belly, and other awkward positions place extra stress on your spine, joints, and muscles and put you at risk for injury.
5. Popping: popping during exercise may occur in many joints. Frequently, popping in the low back or pelvis is a sign that your muscles don’t have the strength to stabilize your joints during that activity. This may eventually cause problems like pain and joint instability if it’s not addressed.
6. Pain: pain, tingling, and/or numbness during exercise may be warning signs that something is not right! Listen to your body and take corrective measures if exercise is causing these symptoms.
Exercise that avoids leakage of pee, leakage of poop, pressure, poor posture, popping, and pain is usually the safest route!
Consult with a womens health physio or trained pelvic floor / post natal fitness professional if you have any of the above symptoms!