How to tighten your pelvic floor muscles post pregnancy

It is a running joke with my friends that after two children, my pelvic floor isn’t what it used to be. So how do you tighten your pelvic floor muscles post pregnancy to make sure you don’t have to make excuses for never going on a trampoline ever again.

We all know that pregnancy and childbirth can both contribute to pelvic floor weakness. During this time the pelvic floor muscles are stretched and as a result become weaker. The weakening of these muscles increases the risk of stress incontinence. It is essential that pelvic floor exercises are done in the correct way post birth, to build up muscle strength.

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There is nothing quite like bursting out laughing after having a baby and realising that your pelvic floor isn’t quite as robust as it used to be. Fear not, all is not lost as recently we have been introduced to Aquaflex® – Weighted Vaginal Cones that have been designed by physicians and physiotherapists.

Aquaflex consists of two different size vaginal cones and a set of weights to aid Kegel exercises. Place weights in the cone, then insert the cone into the vagina. Pelvic floor muscles will naturally contract around the cone and these are the reflexes that strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles.

Because the vaginal cone is inserted like a tampon (the cones have cords for easy removal), muscles automatically contract around the Aquaflex, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. As the pelvic floor becomes stronger more weights can be added and the time the cone is kept in place increased for up to 20 minutes a day.

Aquaflex

Aquaflex is simple to use, and if used daily, can improve your pelvic floor in 12 weeks.

It is amazing to think that 50% of women experience incontinence pre and post pregnancy but it is great to know that their are simple ways to improve this.

Aquaflex by Neen is available from Boots.com and in store for £23.50 but we are delighted to be able to give you the chance to win an Aquaflex set on The Rose Diaries.

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If you want to laugh in the face of a trampoline, all you need to do is to enter below!

Aquaflex by Neen

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  • The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Gleam and notified within 7 working days by email
  • The Rose Diaries take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
  • If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner
  • End Date 13/10/2018

How to save costs when having a baby

I always remember a friend saying “I can’t afford a baby” and another friend replying by saying “if you wait till you can afford one, you will never have one“.

That conversation stuck with me over the years and it is true, when you think about the cost of a baby, it could put you off the idea. So we have been contemplating how to save costs when having a baby.

Obviously there are lots of ways that you can save, such as breastfeeding over formula (if you are able) saves on the weekly milk costs, reusable nappies over disposable can save a huge amount but what about the big items?

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Here is our list of things that you will need and will need to budget for

NEW BABY CHECKLIST

  • Cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)
  • Car seat
  • Pram/buggy/travel system
  • Wardrobe / Changing Station
  • Moses basket/ crib (plus mattress, sheets and blankets
  • Changing bag
  • Breast pump (The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old but we are not the breastfeeding police so a pump is always another option for mums who can’t, or don’t want to feed).
  • Steam steriliser

So when you get to a point in pregnancy when you don’t want to go to the shops anymore, you can sit happily online and let PiWop take the hassle out of haggling!