OK, I don’t pee my pants anymore. I used to pee my pants (just a little) when I “walked like a lady” (legs close together). Below is a photo of me on a hike. BTW, real ladies wear skirts when they hike (just kidding), however it is easier to pee in the woods with a skirt on. If you do it right, squatting and peeing with a skirt on can look like you are harvesting cottonwood buds. The problem is, it’s not lady like to pee while walking. No, I’ve never given birth, so I can’t blame it on that. Many women experience incontinence who have never given birth. And incontinence is not a natural result of having a normal vaginal delivery, it’s a sign that you have a weak pelvic floor because you’re not aligned and you probably weren’t aligned before you got pregnant. If you see someone walking around with their legs close together, you can bet they have weak lateral hips and a weak pelvic floor.
When you have strong lateral hip musculature the pelvis and femurs are in a better position for supporting the uterus via the uterine ligaments. Read more here.
When I started walking with my feet the correct distance apart I no longer had a problem with leakage. Walking with my feet pelvis width apart helped me get my femurs out of internal rotation. I should add that I had already worked on neutral pelvis and posterior push off to build a strong foundation. So, my pelvic floor health was a combination of alignment tweaks, not just one thing. That’s how the body works!
You should build up your lateral hip strength before pushing your body into doing something it’s not used to doing. This is what I did to improve my pelvic floor function: pelvic lists and monster walks and I worked on getting my femurs out of internal rotation. I also do all the exercises in the “Down There”, For Women DVD. And of course, foot position is a great place to start.
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