There’s a lot to adjust to when you first arrive home with a newborn baby – attempting to get into a routine, mountains of ‘helpful’ advice from your nearest and dearest and the sheer amount of time is actually takes to get out of the house and all the gear you need to take with you!
Then there’s the sleepless nights, endless attempts at baby-proofing your house and the realisation that your social life may never be the same.
Fortunately, the challenges of the early days do tend to subside, and those first few months are also filled with moments of sheer, unadulterated joy and wonder as your new little person and their unique personality start to take shape. The first gummy smiles, gorgeous giggles and eventually, utterances of ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ and first tentative steps are all more than worth it.
However, one potential ‘side effect’ of childbirth that may unfortunately stick around is the issue of leakage. Yes, that little problem when you laugh, sneeze, cough, run, jump or show off-a-forward-somersault-and-triple-cartwheel-routine-in-the-backyard, or get a sudden desperate urge that stops you in dead your tracks.
We’ve all heard stories about how common urinary incontinence is – we may have friends, sisters or mothers who suffer from it, or be sufferers ourselves. In fact, it affects around four million Australian women, predicted to increase to five million by 2030. It often occurs post-childbirth, and until now, the message has been clear – it’s normal, it’s common and the best thing to do is use something to help you manage the problem – like a pad.
But not anymore – now there is an Australian innovation that has the potential to help women actually treat their urinary incontinence through regular pelvic floor training.
Imagine having a personal trainer to help you with these muscles on the inside – the ones in your pelvic floor you might not have thought about since the hospital. We all do a guilty clench every now and again – but we don’t know whether we’re doing it right and life gets busy – especially with a new baby and/or a young family.
PeriCoach is a new training device designed to be used by women at home for just a few minutes a day – it’s a personal trainer for a woman’s pelvic floor muscles. It works in partnership with its user to help them get their confidence back through enhanced control of their bladder, with the peace of mind of doing pelvic floor exercises at home.
How it works
PeriCoach is a discreet device that has an in-built sensor, which links to a smart phone app via a wireless Bluetooth connection. By harnessing the availability of personalised technology, you can have access to real time visual feedback as you perform each exercise. This can then be shared with a healthcare professional, such as your physiotherapist, who can analyse and make recommendations, helping you to stay motivated and most importantly, get the results you are looking for. It’s a compliance device too – you can receive reminders via the app to ensure you stay on track, and it can also help your doctor identify if there are any other issues causing your bladder leakage.
You can learn more about urinary incontinence and see PeriCoach in action here:
PeriCoach exercise programs are specifically designed by leading pelvic floor specialists. Excitingly, PeriCoach is being launched in Australia before any other country in the world.
“Regular pelvic floor training is a clinically proven, non-surgical way of effectively overcoming urinary incontinence. For many women the problem starts when their lives are busiest – that’s why staying motivated is hard – and they may never reach their full potential,”
said Dr Ailsa Wilson Edwards, a leading Urological Surgeon based in Adelaide.
Using PeriCoach to help you stay motivated and correctly perform pelvic floor exercises should see you noticing an improvement in your symptoms – and get you back on track with your somersaults and cartwheels, not to mention sneezing and coughing! Visit www.pericoach.com for more information or to purchase a device.