They just want to be able jog and not pee in their pants. As more and more young women run as their primary form of exercise, it follows that a growing number of running moms are seeking help with postpartum urinary incontinence.
Having a baby moves hip bones, stretches muscles and puts a lot of stress on a woman's pelvic floor.
Kegels can work for some, but physical therapist Chelsea Athing Berman of Experience Momentum in Lynnwood believes that by strengthening one's core and using other large muscles to support the pelvic floor, most women can run again without worry. “Physical therapy can do a lot,” said Berman, whose specialty is women's health. “One in three young moms have incontinence problems, but they're not talking about it with each other. It's time that we get this out there. Too many people think there is nothing to be done.“Worrying about peeing your pants when you run should not have to be a woman's cross to bear for having a baby.”