We NEED to spread the word on Pelvic Floor Health. Things have gotten so much better in terms of awareness, but education on women's health and their bodies needs to be shouted from the rooftops! The Pelvic Floor is the foundation of our bodies. "A woman's pelvic floor muscles support her bladder, womb (uterus) and bowel (colon). The urine tube (front passage), the vagina and the back passage all pass through the pelvic floor muscles. Your pelvic floor muscles help you to control your bladder and bowel. They also help sexual function."  So yup - pretty important!
Historically pelvic floor dysfunction has become common, and often joked about - "I can't jump on the trampoline because I've had a baby." "I pee when I sneeze." "Oh my back is sore - that's just how your body is after you have a baby." So many generations of women have had to rely on pantyliners, depends or pose pads due to urine leakage. Their quality of life lowered, not being able to participate in activities they love due to incontinence or pain. Be sure to let your older female relatives know that Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy exists and it is never too late! Incontinence is NOT normal, back pain, painful sex can all be addressed with pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction :
Most pelvic floor dysfunction conditions are a result of pelvic floor muscles either being too weak (hypotonicity) or too tight (hypertonicity). Pelvic floor muscles often become hypotonic or hypertonic because of:
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is not limited to women who've had a baby, men and women who haven't conceived can also be affected!
When should you see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?? It is never too early or too late. I recommend seeing one in pregnancy and following up early postpartum. During pregnancy a physio can help determine if you are doing kegels properly, if you have any alignment or postural issues, and provide a wealth of education on your body. I've had clients who were dealing with back pain for many years - with the help of pelvic floor physio they were finally able to feel better! Many times issues can be corrected with breathing and alignment strategies. Typically, we never receive any education or awareness on proper alignment, technique or breathing at any stage, so our whole society in general has pretty bad alignment and breathing.
As moms we often become martyrs and never take time for ourselves. We suffer through pain and soldier on, saying we are too busy to book the appointment. You guys we NEED to advocate for ourselves, and OUR bodies. So we can be strong, healthy and feel confident getting back to the activities we know and love. Head over to our resources page for local Saskatoon Physios. And PLEASE spread the word - tell your grandma's, your aunts, your moms and friends. Let's take back our bodies and women's health - you have nothing to be ashamed of.
Let's talk bravery. I did something pretty brave on the weekend. We went to the Youth Farm Corn Maze in Rosthern and it was super fun. (It's on until the end of the month so check it out if you can.) Anyway they had a couple rock climbing walls so we hooked Molly up and she had a go which lasted about a minute. 😆 Then my husband tried to convince me to go. And I was scared. Of falling, failing, trying something new. The man running the activity said he's always trying to convince parents to try because they are often so consumed by their children succeeding and being brave they forget they can be brave too. ❤️ I said I used to be brave before I was a mom. And I don't do brave things anymore. 😔 So I climbed the wall. And I got to the top 💪 and felt super strong and badass I realized that was total bullshit. I am brave all the frickin' time. Bravery is leaving the house with your tiny baby for the first time. Bravery is joining a Mom&Baby class where you don't know anyone and putting yourself out there. Bravery is starting your own business. Bravery is going on a solo road trip with your toddler. It's funny how before kids to me bravery was mostly physical strength - playing rugby, doing adventure runs, moving to new places. But do you know how brave moms are?? Birthing a baby is brave. Surviving the early postpartum period is brave. Sharing your experience is brave. Anytime you leave the house with your baby, toddler etc it is brave. So kudos to all the brave moms out there. Think about the all the brave things you've done lately. It might look different now as a mother because kids change EVERYTHING. But you are brave, more now than ever. Don't forget that. ✌️
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Just because you have a business idea doesn't mean squat. It takes a lot of planning, research, self doubt, procrastination, spreadsheets, and sleepless nights. There are so many details and everything has to come together at some point right??
As I mentioned previously my husband is the driving force for Fitbump. I had the idea but we kind of put it on the back burner as I was rearing our child... we thought can this really work?? One night in early January we had a chat and my husband said he didn't think it was possible to open in March when my maternity leave ended... we were running out of time! We toyed with the idea of me finding a job and doing Fitbump on the side. Needless to say that night neither of us got any sleep as we were pretty demoralized. The next day my husband came home and showed me the website he designed, this very website upon which this is blog is posted! He did it to motivate me and make me believe it was possible and together we could do it. We just had to stop thinking negatively and get our sh*t together! From then on we went for it. I got my First Aid & CPR, passed my Fitness Theory Exam, wrote my business plan (no easy task!) and started doing research on where we could get some money from. We started looking for a space, finding suppliers, and getting the right permits, licenses etc. Everyday we are crossing things off our list which feels great! Yes, there are moments when we butt heads. For some reason my natural instinct is to disagree with whatever he says ha ha. I'm sure some of you can relate! Sometimes we are not on the same page, but at the end of the day we are in this together and are here to support one another!
Today we found out we are getting funding from Futurpeneur,a non profit organization that provides funding and mentorship for young entrepreneurs. Until now we have been winging it with our savings, credit cards, and a prayer! Today was a good day! It is tough to get small business loans from the banks, we do not require a great deal of money which funnily worked against us! Anyway again I have to shout out to my husband... wow I hope he doesn't read this because it will go to his head... and he is already a bit too cocky for my liking ;-) He said "we are going for this no matter what. Even if we don't get financing we will use our credit cards, we are doing this!" Which was a huge eye opener for me and the push I needed. Part of me was like...."well if we don't get money, we can't open...". There's that self doubt again. It is super scary to start your own business... fear of failure and rejection is terrifying! "What if no one comes to my classes?" "It's too hard." "I'm too tired." I am so lucky to have a husband who is helping my dream become a reality. Literally pushing me forward.
Now all I need to do is get my act together and start getting Fitbump out there on social media. Little voice in my head says "I'm scared, what if no one likes my posts?" "What if we can't open in time and I disappoint people?" Go away self-doubt. I got this!!
Welcome to the Fitbump website! I am super excited to be on this adventure and hope many of you will join me. I am going to do my best to document my journey, so bear with me! I was looking for some resources to help me out when I was thinking about starting my business but I couldn't find a lot out there about a new mom starting a new business. So here I go! Thanks for reading!
Being a new mom has been super challenging... At one of Molly's doctor appointments soon after she was born, a nurse said something to me that has stuck all this time - this is will be the best and hardest thing you will ever do... And that is the truest thing I ever heard! Being a mom has been amazing, life changing, rewarding, exhausting, challenging, and a roller coaster of emotions. And I thought why not become an entrepreneur too ?!! I've always loved a challenge!!
The idea for Fitbump came to me one night in August as I was desperately trying to fall asleep before Molly woke up. I'm sure other new moms can relate - lying in bed going "sleep, sleep, sleep", "get an hour in before she wakes up"... it is often an impossible task. I've always been into fitness and exercise and had really struggled to find an outlet while pregnant and being a new mom, it just wasn't as easy to go for a run or take a fitness class. It is a lot harder as a new mom, you are tired, going to the gym is tough because you don't feel ready to leave your baby with a stranger. There are not a lot of mom and baby fitness classes out there. Plus you are super lonely and it is hard to put yourself out there. Fitbump is going to be a place where pregnant women can feel comfortable working out, and connect with other pregnant women. A place where new moms can meet up with another new moms and discuss the ups and downs of motherhood, while helping to get their body in shape again. A place where all women can connect, feel comfortable and create new friendships.
This idea would have not come to fruition without my amazing husband who has been super supportive and a driving force to keep on track those days when I was too tired or lost my mojo. More on him and our journey later, for now I need to sign off or I will be here all night! Thanks for reading!
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